Police checkpoint helps take iguana off the menu

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo A half dozen helpless iguana do their best to pose for the camera.

The scene could have been from a Federico Fellini movie. A bit bizarre and maybe full of hidden meaning.

There were three men on a quadracycle when police stopped it at a checkpoint Saturday in Vizcaya, Limón. The four-wheeled vehicle also carried six iguana, all tied up with rope around their waists binding their forearms.

Police suspect that the men on the small vehicle were inviting the iguana to dinner, but police
intervened because taking wildlife like that is
illegal. Iguana is a frequent food for rural folks.

After a police check, the driver was placed under arrest because he was the subject of an outstanding warrant for carrying a firearm without a permit.

The other two men on the quadracycle were turned over to prosecutors to face an allegation of violating laws related to the protection of wildlife.

As to the iguana, Fuerza Pública officers took their photo and then released them back into the wilds, they said.

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