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Gecko stows away from China to England in box of musical instruments

An Asian house gecko was turned over to the RSPCA after stowing away from China to England in a shipment of musical instruments. Photo courtesy of the RSPCA
An Asian house gecko was turned over to the RSPCA after stowing away from China to England in a shipment of musical instruments. Photo courtesy of the RSPCA

Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Britain said it was "amazing" that a gecko survived a 4,800-mile, three-month journey from China to England in a box of musical instruments.

The RSPCA said rescuer Clive Hopwood was summoned to a musical instrument importing company in Madstone Kent when the staff discovered a small lizard inside a box that was shipped from China.

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"The staff was unpacking a box when the little gecko scuttled out," Hopwood said in an RSPCA news release. "The box had been part of a shipment that had traveled over from China in a sealed ocean shipping container in October, but the box wasn't unpacked until three months later."

The animal, an Asian house gecko, was dubbed Thin Lizard by the RSPCA.

"It's amazing that this little gecko survived such a long journey and such a long time shut inside the sealed packaging but they were able to confine him and then called us for help," Hopwood said.

"I took Thin Lizard to our experts at Brighton Reptile Rescue who have identified him as an Asian house gecko and will find him a specialist home."

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