Reptile rescued from South Haven tree is beloved class pet

Harold, iguana rescue, South Haven
Harold the iguana is reunited with his owner. (Aug. 23, 2016)


SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — More than a month after his daring escape, a South Haven classroom pet is safely back at home and ready for school.

Police say Harold the iguana scurried across a yard in the 900 block of South Haven Place, near Bailey Avenue, and up a tree around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

A witness told 24 Hour News 8 that after police and others repeatedly tried to reach the reptile, the South Haven Fire Department’s ladder truck was called in to help.

The witness said a firefighter plucked Harold from a tree branch about 50 feet up, just as his owner arrived. He said the iguana is the classroom pet for a group of fourth-graders at North Shore Elementary.

South Haven Area Emergency Services posted on its Facebook page that Harold, who is 5 years old and about two feet long, escaped when his cage was left unlocked.

“An apparently healthy Harold … didn’t divulge where he had been the past month,” SHAES wrote on Facebook.

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