A lizard unwittingly swapped sunny Barbados for the UK when it unknowingly hitched a ride across the Atlantic in a British holiday maker's bra.
The lingerie-loving lizard embarked on a 4,000-mile journey from the Caribbean island to rainy Rotherham, South Yorks.
The tiny globe-trotting gecko was busted when 47-year-old beautician Lisa Russell unpacked her suitcase to find the reptile hiding away.
Lisa said the gecko was lucky he found refuge in one of her clean bras – as it was so hot she didn’t bother to wear one.
Stunned Lisa handed the lizard over to the RSPCA, after getting quite a fright.
She said: "I thought it was a tiny dead creature and then when it moved I started screaming – it is not what you expect to find in your bra after a 4,000-mile journey."
She added: "I am just so shocked not only did it survive the journey but also the fact it didn’t get squashed as my suitcase was so full when we were returning I had to sit on it to get it zipped up.
"It must have been in my suitcase for at least 24 hours as I packed it on Monday morning – local time – and started unpacking at lunchtime the following day."
RSPCA Inspector Sandra Dransfield was sent to collect baby gecko, who has now been named Barbie.
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She said: "Lisa was quite relaxed about the whole thing and thought it was funny that the gecko had safely made the trans-Atlantic crossing in her bra – unlike a lot of women the lizard must have found it comfy!
"She was laughing and said to me ‘imagine taking a nap and then waking up in Rotherham!’"
The body said that the gecko will be looked after at a zoo or wildlife park.
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