A bearded dragon that had been dumped in a recycling bin narrowly escaped being crushed to death at a recycling plant. The foot-long lizard was saved by driver Steve Bissett of Somerset Waste Partnership in Bridgwater. He took the reptile to his depot and arranged for it to be taken to nearby Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre Steve said: “I did knock on the door of the house where the box was, but they said it was nothing to do with them. “We put him in a cardboard box with some newspaper.
“He was alive but cold and hardly moving. “We called him Iggy Pop, and took him back to our depot, where someone took him to Secret World.
“It is about the strangest thing I have ever found in a recycling box.”
Josie Nott, an animal carer at Secret World, said: “We gave him a drink and placed him in a container with a heat mat for warmth as he was very cold and dehydrated. “We are horrified that someone would put an animal out as an item of rubbish with no thought to the suffering it may experience.
“The RSPCA is now involved and the case is under investigation. A spokesman said: “Please think twice before taking on an exotic pet. “They are not just for Christmas and will need years of care, attention and love. “I cannot believe that people would discard an animal in this way.”