Published: 10:39, 13 May 2021
| Updated: 10:41, 13 May 2021
A lizard has escaped from a garden and is on the loose around a town.
Tracy Whale last saw her beloved bearded dragon named Bob at her home in Ellison Way, Rainham, on Sunday morning.
The pet was bought as a gift for her 13-year-old son George by her ex-boyfriend, who passed away last year.
The 42-year-old said: "He's a memory of my ex as well, so we are absolutely devastated.
"He can climb trees and get into small gaps as he gets cold at night. During the day he will find a spot in the sun as he needs at least 12 hours of heat each day.
"If someone finds him, he's so friendly so he's more than safe to be picked up. If not, put something over him so he can't run until I can come and pick him up.
"He likes vegetables and knows his name. We are so devastated.
"I'm a single mum and my son is on the autistic spectrum so he is distraught. He struggles to process things so he feels really bad about what happened, Bob was a birthday present for him."
The beautician has pleaded for people to keep an eye out for Bob after he ran off through the back door of her home.
The rear of Tracy's property is close to Lower Rainham Road, which is where she thinks the reptile might be hiding, and Station Road.
Bearded dragons can grow up to 45cm long and require temperature ranges between 38-42C in heat and 22-26C in cooler areas.
If you find Bob, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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