Firefighters rescue iguana

Posted at 12:51 PM, Apr 19, 2016

(KFOR/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) Firefighters in Jones, Oklahoma carried out an unusual rescue Sunday after they received a call about a large iguana stuck in a tree.

"I was letting my iguana out of his cage in his room," owner Lauren Porter said. "I let him outside in the pen to air out."

While he's largely slow and lethargic, iguana Mara was slick as a snake Sunday, darting out of his cage into the rainy night.

"We pretty much just started searching with flashlights, spotted him up in the tree," Porter said.

Weighing over 20 pounds, Lauren feared the branch would soon snap, so she phoned the fire department.

"I've dealt with several animal rescue calls, having to get cats out of trees obviously - the old firefighter thing, even snakes out of house before but never an iguana out of a tree," said Shane Wilson, Jones Fire Chief.

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