An RSPCA officer was called out to help a baby reptile by the side of a road, only to discover it was a toy crocodile. Alarmed members of the public contacted the animal welfare charity to report the sighting in Winsford, Cheshire, on Friday.
Animal collection officer Lauren Bradshaw approached with caution, admitting that she thought the figure was real too when she first saw it. She explained: “I thought looking for a green reptile along a grass verge was going to prove almost impossible.
“But then I noticed something in the distance on a grid by the road side.
As I approached, it looked very pale in colour and I thought it must be some kind of lizard - but then as I got nearer, it became clear that it was a crocodile basking in the sunshine.
"I decided to approach from the side, and as I did so that’s when I noticed some red paint inside its mouth. So I reached out to pick it up and just burst out laughing - yes it was a crocodile, but it turns out it was a plastic one made in China.
We get called to many things but this was definitely a first.”