Iguana found with feet tied behind its back is given special boots

The iguana was given two tiny rubber toetips (Picture: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue/SWNS)

An abandoned iguana’s front feet fell off after they were ‘cruelly’ tied behind its back for too long.

Fortunately, the lizard was found by a dog on a walk with its owner and given special protective wellington-style boot coverings.

The team at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, USA, said the green iguana was found ‘hog-tied’ on Monday.

Executive director Jennifer Gordon said: ‘He was very cold and was lethargic. The limbs were very sensitive.

‘It’s frustrating to see cruelty and it’s very upsetting but we have to maintain composure and keep working so that animals get the compassionate care they deserve.

‘Iguanas are frequently hog-tied when they are captured and transported from the wild.

‘We have seen several over the years and two recently, we assume he was being transported as a local flea market sells them hog-tied like this.’

The reptile in the safe hands of animal rescuers (Picture: SWNS)
Staff at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue gave the iguana rubber toetip protectors (Picture: SWNS)

The iguana was left with painful stumps after its feet died and eventually fell off.

Volunteers from the charity in Indian Trail, North Carolina, USA, covered up the its wounds with two tiny rubber fingertip protectors so it could roam around pain-free until callouses formed.

Jennifer said: ‘He didn’t seem to mind them at all.

The charity’s director said the reptile is healng nicely (Picture: SWNS)
He was found with his front feet tied so tightly behind its back that they fell off (Picture: SWNS)
Callouses eventually formed at the bottom of the iguana’s front legs (Picture: SWNS)

‘A lot of times animals don’t like having the attachments but he didn’t seem to mind.

‘He is still undergoing physical therapy but he is doing amazing and healing nicely.’

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