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Stowaway – Gecko flies 6500 kilometers in the bra!

Everyone can do first class, I travel in the bra class!

This is probably what a gecko thought when he took a transatlantic flight from the Caribbean island of Barbados to Great Britain. Lisa Russell found the little scaled lizard.

The Briton had just returned from a dream vacation under the palm trees and was unpacking her suitcase in Thrybergh in central England. At first she thought there was a stain or crumb on her bra and wanted to shake it out.

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“When he moved, I immediately started screaming. A gecko is not exactly what you expect in your bra after you have traveled 6,500 kilometers, ”said the 47-year-old.

The reptile was twice as lucky on its 24-hour trip: while in Barbados, the beautician sat with all her weight on the suitcase to be able to close it. The gecko was not crushed in the process.

On the other hand, when the animal arrived in England, it ended up on the heap for clean laundry with its bra. “It was said in the Caribbean that I never wore a bra.” And so the stowaway escaped a full wash cycle.

Lisa Russell called the British animal welfare organization “Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” (in German: royal society for the prevention of cruelty to animals). The RSPCA sent a professional to capture the gecko.

Since it is a female specimen, Lisa Russell gave her the name Barbie, a play on words of Barbadian origin.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said releasing the gecko would have been illegal because it is not a native species and the animal “would not survive in our climate”. Barbie now lives with a reptile specialist, where the scaled lizard is doing well.

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