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Mystery lizard in Brooklyn

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A photo taken by a Brooklyn resident shows a roughly three-foot lizard in the backyard. It may be a monitor lizard, but animal experts have not been able to see it in the flesh to identify it. It showed up in the backyard of a townhouse on Osborne Street in Brownsville and freaked out residents who took pictures with a cell phone.

Angelo Bruno called the police who contacted Animal Care and Control. Workers theorized the lizard is coming out of a hole in the back staircase and then wandering around the weed-covered backyard.

Animal Control dug a hole and put a camera inside and noted a bunch of new tunnels the lizard has dug.

So where does the lizard come from? Bruno said his neighbors believe a man who used to live a couple of doors away let his pet lizard go when he moved out.

A spokesman for Animal Care and Control said they didn't observe any lizards Tuesday but will follow up again Wednesday.

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