Workers at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), a UK organisation, probably weren't expecting to rescue anything more exotic than a badger when they first joined the charity.
However, recent stats from the RSPCA show that in 2014 a number of unusual creatures were among the 127,321 animals it rescued last year.
These creatures included: an axolotl (a Mexican salamander or 'walking fish' for those who are confused), marmosets, a wolf, an emu, a wallaby, a zebra finch, stick insects and a praying mantis.
A panther chameleon also featured among the RSPCA's rescues after it fell out of a tree having been missing for two months.
RSPCA animal welfare officer Jo Blackburn rushed the lizard to a vet, after calls from members of the public, so he could be brought up to the correct temperature for a tropical lizard.
Blackburn said: "In all the time I have worked for the RSPCA I have never come across one of these before.
"In the wild these reptiles are tree dwellers so it is normal behaviour that he would've climbed up the tree – it's obviously just very unusual that that tree was in the middle of Southampton."