TOP marks go to a Cardiff school who contacted the RSPCA after discovering a unusual classroom guest.

Pen-y-bryn Junior and Infant School called the RSPCA yesterday [8 July] after their year 2 class were joined by an unexpected visitor after lunch.

Classroom lizard 1Teaching assistant Melissa Dymond said: “My colleague found the little lizard in the classroom just as we were coming back in from lunch.

“It was before the children had come into the classroom. He ran under the carpet and went behind the cupboard. He was very fast!

“We managed to catch him and put him in a bucket and then I found a clear plastic box and put some holes in it. It was a joint effort between me and two other teaching assistants Carina Glover and Gemma Abbruzzese.

“We then showed the children the lizard and they were fascinated! They were so excited. They were really interested in his colouring.”

RSPCA animal collections officer Fiona Thomas said: “The school did the right thing by contacting us after they found the little lizard in the classroom and confined it until I arrived.

“He was a sand lizard who must have lost his way. The lizard was in good health so he was released in some long grass at the back of the school.

“It was so lovely to see children so young engaging with the wildlife around them.” Classroom lizard 2

If you spot a trapped animal or an animal in distress you can call the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

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