Woman buries pet lizard, but is stunned to see it return from the dead

Woman buries pet lizard, but is stunned to see it return from the dead
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A woman from England was reunited with her pet lizard five weeks after she had buried it in her front garden.

Rachel Haspell, 42, was devastated when her bearded dragon Nala was found unresponsive in the terrarium in May this year.

Haspell told Northwich Guardian that she noticed that Nala was slumped over its food. It had been sick at the time and parts of its body also turned black.

The woman attempted to perform CPR on Nala and rushed the lizard to a veterinary clinic.

There, she was told that her pet had died.

After its "death", Haspell's father placed the lizard into a cardboard box and dug a grave in their garden that was at least 0.3m deep.

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But, about a month later, Haspell was shocked to see Nala come back from the dead.

The lizard had crawled her way of out the grave and was sunning herself while lying on top of a chest belonging to the woman'sĀ uncle.

And if you thought that Haspell's family secretly got her another bearded dragon to cheer her up, you're wrong.

"I recognised it was Nala because she has a knobbly bit at the end of her tail," the woman said.

Haspell took the lizard back to the veterinary clinic where it was given a clean bill of health.

She laterĀ learnt that Nala had, in fact, fallen into a state of seasonal hibernation called brumation.

While most bearded dragons became sleepy and eat less during this period, others may go without eating or drinking and cannot be awakened for up to six weeks, according to reptile experts.

So, it was likely that Haspell and the veterinarian had mistaken her pet's hibernation for something more deadly.

"I can't believe I buried my pet alive," the woman told BBC News.

After the scare, Haspell is sharing her story to increase awareness of brumation, lest other bearded dragon owners bury their hibernating pets like she did.

minlee@sph.com.sg

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