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Iguana from Mexico stows away to Foster City

FOSTER CITY -- A baby iguana accidentally made its way across the Mexican border to Foster City last month stowed way in a woman's luggage, officials with the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA said Tuesday.

The discovery occurred on Aug. 5 as she returned from a vacation in Cancun. The woman found the baby spiny-tailed iguana hiding inside her bikini top, according to the PHS/SPCA.

The woman took the animal, which is native to Mexico and Central America, to the PHS/SPCA immediately.

"We were advised that no mandatory quarantine was necessary and he didn't need to be returned to Mexico," PHS/SPCA communications manager Buggy Martin Tarbox said in a statement.

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The iguana was eventually taken to an animal sanctuary specializing in reptiles.

PHS/SPCA officials recommend carefully shaking out any gear and clothing before packing to avoid accidentally taking animals out of their native areas.

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