Humane Society of the United States: Six foot iguana shot with crossbow is getting help at South Florida Wildlife Center

A large iguana, about 5 feet in length, was taken to a wildlife recovery center after being found shot with arrows. Credit: SunSentinel

(Humane Society of the United States) A six foot adult male green iguana was found yesterday in Plantation, FL. He was shot five times with arrows and is now in the care of THE SOUTH FLORIDA WILDLIFE CENTER (in Fort Lauderdale), an affiliate of THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES, where surgery was performed this afternoon.

The striking creature, who is approximately six feet long and weighs 10 pounds, arrived with multiple puncture wounds. X-rays showed he had an arrow imbedded in his abdomen.  South Florida Wildlife Center vet Dr. Grant swiftly prepped the iguana – nicknamed “Godzilla” due to his gigantic size – and performed surgery.

The iguana has no broken bones or ribs, but he is not out of the woods yet. He runs the risk of internal bleeding and/or infection.

He is on pain medication, antibiotics, had topical care to his wounds and is receiving supportive care. Right now, he is still asleep in recovery, on a heat lamp and hooked up to a heart monitor.

He needs to be watched overnight and for the next several days, to make sure infection and internal bleeding don’t occur. Once the staff at SFWC is  sure he has come through surgery without complications, we should have an estimate of recovery time

Iguanas can live up to 20 years in the wild.

The South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the largest wildlife hospital, trauma center, and rehabilitation facility in the nation in terms of intake numbers, and provides emergency rescue services, diagnostics, surgical and other veterinary treatment, recovery habitats, orphan rearing, and expert rehabilitative care to more than 250 different species. SFWC admits more than 12,000 injured, orphaned, or imperiled animals annually, with the goal of returning every rehabilitated animal back to nature to live wild and free. SFWC, founded in 1969, is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States.

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