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Thursday 24 December 2020

A Christmas tale of drop bears and fallen iguanas

In Australia, locals and visitors alike know they need to look out for the fabled drop bears, which sometimes plunge from trees and attack the heads of the unwary. 

Now locals in Miami, Florida, are being warned to look out for falling iguanas, CNN reported. 

Miami faces its coldest Christmas in more than 20 years and the National Weather Service has issued a warning that chilly temperatures could send iguanas plummeting from trees or curling up on footpaths. 

Iguanas are not native to Florida but have been common in the state for 60 years. They still have not adapted to the rare cold spells. 

Once temperatures dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, iguanas go into a paralysis-like shock and are at risk. As are passers-by if the creatures fall from trees and hit them.

Australians know ways of repelling drop bears: forks in the hair or Vegemite or toothpaste spread behind the ears. No such solution is yet known to scare off tumbling iguanas.

Note use of the word fabled.  


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