Bizarre news item of the day: police in Selfoss [town in South Iceland] apprehended a metre-long lizard* in someone’s garden last night, according to a report on RÚV.
So clearly Midsummer Night is not just about cows talking and seals changing into people, but also about lizards turning up in Selfoss gardens.
Of course, in keeping with Iceland’s welcoming stance towards uninvited visitors [and, indeed, refugees], the lizard will be put to sleep today.
Which I really cannot understand. Why can’t it be kept alive? I mean, I get the whole risk-of-disease thing, but haven’t these people ever heard of quarantine?
Personally I think it would make a fine addition to the Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo. I mean, just look at the little guy! Doesn’t he look as sanguine and laid-back as anybody you’ve ever seen? I bet he wouldn’t hurt a fly [OK, maybe a fly] — and he could educate the other denizens about tolerance and goodwill towards their fellow species.
* A reader on the Facebook page just alerted me to the fact that this is actually an iguana. See? They’re so rare up here we don’t even know the proper names.