Iggu recovering after removing growth on upper jaw
Kollam: Iggu, the iguana, was struggling not being able to consume food after it had a growth on his upper jaw. After it was removed by surgery at Kollam district veterinary hospital, Iggu was relieved. Jithin, the owner of the pet iguana, brought it carrying on his shoulder like a baby.
The surgery was performed by surgeon Dr Ajith Pillai, Dr Ajith Babu and Raju S of the district veterinary hospital. The iguana was sedated before surgery but it slightly bit the doctor's hand and his gloves were torn with its toe nails. However, the surgery was over shortly. The doctors said that it was a disease called granuloma and suggested antibiotics and diet for the iguana.
The South American born lizard-like creature is the pet of Oachira native Jithin Cheriyan. "We named him Iggu and he is my mom's favourite. He walks around the house freely. He is in the hospital for the first time," Jithin said. He bought the iguana for Rs 12,000 from Ernakulam when it was only four months old. It is five years old now and is 1.5 meter long.
Iggu is pure vegetarian and feeds on drumstick leaves, spinach, carrot, show flower and the like. It is calm and quiet by nature and gets friendly with people easily. As it is not found in the forests in Kerala, iguanas are not included in wild animal list here. So, there are no legal issues in raising them as pet. Now many people are rearing them as pets and are often found in exhibitions.