Stowaway gecko hitches 2,500-mile ride from Greece to UK in family’s suitcase


A English family accidentally transported a Mediterranean house gecko 2,500 miles away from its home in Crete when she returned to her home in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

The animal was found by Victoria Naylor when she returned to Altringham, Greater Manchester.

Victoria spotted something moving in her case on August 25 but brushed it off when she was unable to find it.

Two days later the animal was spotted by her children climbing up a wall in their house.

She said: “I just saw something move from the suitcase but couldn’t find anything when I searched the room – and a couple of days later it appeared on a wall in the house.

“It was so tiny and it is remarkable to think this gecko managed to travel so far especially as the temperature would not be what he was used to.”

The family managed to capture the reptile, now named Gary, in a plastic container and fed it water before it was collected by RSPCA animal rescuer Jess Araujo.

Ms Araujo said: “We believe the gecko is a baby as it is so small and about the size of a two pence piece.

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