Owners of Archie the lizard heard he was lost while on holiday
WHEN Archie the lizard left his Swansea garden for a walkabout he was not the only one making a journey — his owners abandoned their holiday and drove back from the South of France to help find him.
Archie the runaway reptile made headlines around Britain after his disappearance featured on the Evening Post’s website at the weekend.
The 5ft Brynmill tegu made a dash for freedom when a neighbour looking after him left a door ajar while cooking him his favourite treat — boiled eggs.
He was found safe and well a few streets away and returned to his home — in the back of a police van.
Owners Bob and Colette Pawan had only just arrived in the South of France when they got the call about their missing pet — and jumped back in the car for the long drive home.
Civil engineer Bob said: “It was awful, we were very worried about Archie — he is like a member of the family.
“We had only been in France a day or two but we couldn’t stay there — we drove straight back.
“By the time we got to Dover his picture was in the papers, which was really strange.”
Bob and his Birchgrove Primary School teacher wife got Archie six years ago from a pet shop in Llansamlet.
He’s now got his own purpose-built extension at the couple’s King Edward Road house, and is a regular sight being walked around the streets of Brynmill on a lead.
And when he’s not warming himself under his special heat lamps or sunbathing in the garden, Archie likes sitting on Colette’s lap while they watch TV or going for trips to the beach.
And it may have been to the seafront that Bob thinks the reptile was heading when he escaped.
He said: “Our neighbour was looking after him and popped in to make him some boiled eggs.
“The door must have a bit ajar and he saw it and went for it.
“It was a sunny day and when he gets warm after sunbathing he gets a bit frisky. He’s very intelligent and loves attention, he likes human company.”
Archie was found walking the streets and put in a cardboard box before being handed to the RSPCA and then to South Wales Police — who delivered him home in the back of a van.
Bob said: “The police were absolutely brilliant — the officers said it wasn’t the kind of thing they do every day.”