May 7, 2008

Endangered blue iguanas stomped to death in Cayman Islands

Cayman Island authorities are investigating the violent deaths of a half-dozen giant blue iguanas that are among the most imperilled creatures on the planet.

Five captive Grand Cayman blue iguanas, critically endangered lizards that resemble miniature turquoise dragons, were found scattered across a breeding park in the British dependency after they apparently were stomped and gouged, scientists said.

The sixth dead iguana’s entrails were found strewn outside its pen in the fenced-in facility in Grand Cayman, according to Fred Burton, director of a program that has brought the rare reptiles back from the brink of extinction.

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