A pet iguana has been called a “miracle” by baffled vets after seemingly coming back to life at a crematorium just hours after “dying”.
Frank – a 10-year-old tropical lizard – left his owner Larissa Palmieri devastated after she found him cold, lifeless an unable to open his eyes last Wednesday, but after eventually accepting he had passed away, she was left speechless when she got the call to say that he was actually alive.
It’s believed that Frank had gone into cold-shock, but it is unclear as to why this is the case as he was surrounded by several personal heat lamps.
Upon finding Frank slumped over a wooden log in his cage, Larissa feared the worst and then spent the next few hours trying to warm him up by wrapping him in a blanket and putting him near a radiator, but unfortunately, this was not proving effective.
Frank was then put in a box and collected by staff from Legacy Pets Cremation Services in Bury, but later that afternoon, there was a twist in the tale.
While being checked over, Frank started to twitch and opened his eyes.
Relaying the course of events, a Legacy Pets Cremation Services spokesperson said: “Of course, we were startled by this, but took it upon ourselves to contact a reptile expert who advised us that Frank may have become too cold and so his body had put itself in a state of ‘cold-shock’, where they appear to be deceased but they are actually still alive.”
Staff at the crematorium then placed heaters around the iguana and watched Frank become more alert as time went on, before informing his owners.
By the time Larissa and her mother came to collect him, Frank had perked up and was alert.
Frank was then taken to a veterinary clinic in Chorlton and was kept in overnight in order to try and understand how this remarkable situation could have come about, but they remained baffled and couldn’t seem to pinpoint exactly why he appeared to be dead for hours.
He has quite-rightly been described as a “miracle” by everyone involved.
And he’s now enjoying his new lease of life back at home with his housemates and exotic animal-lover Larissa’s other pets, including a Burmese python, a rainbow boa, a common boa constrictor, a dwarf sungazer lizard, three types of geckos, a frog and a rabbit.
Rival Manchester fans urged to use different Wembley travel routes for FA Cup final
Football fans from rival Manchester clubs heading to watch the FA Cup final this weekend are being urged to take different travel routes to each other.
With it being the first time the two Manchester clubs have battled it out for the trophy in the final in the 151-year-old football competition’s illustrious history, tens of thousands of fans are expected to make the journey down to the capital.
But with this influx of excitable rival fans, admittedly, comes a set of challenges.
This is why The FA and TfGM have decided to introduce some measures, and issue travel tips and guidance, in a bid to make sure everyone stays safe, while still soaking in all the atmosphere of the historic day at the same time.
Due to what TfGM has called “significant” coordinated strike action by rail unions RMT and Aslef on Saturday, all supporters heading to the FA Cup final are advised to avoid trains and “consider alternative travel arrangements” instead – making sure to allow “additional time for travel” and planning their journeys “ahead of time”.
Fans are also being asked to check the road network carefully, as it’s also highly likely that traditional routes to Wembley will be “busier than normal” as a result of rail strikes.
The FA has confirmed that it will be providing 60 coaches for both Manchester clubs to help supporters get to Wembley and return to Manchester once the game has finished, but aside from this, TfGM has suggested that “anyone without an official match ticket should not travel to the game”.
The two Manchester clubs have been advised to encourage fans to use separate travel routes to each other to avoid clashes, and a list of service stations for each team has now also been published – confirming all the rumours to be true.
Allocation of motorway service stations
Manchester City supporters
Manchester United supporters
When it comes to the travel routes supporters of each team are advised to take, TfGM is urging Manchester City fans to take the M62/M1 as the first port of call, or taking the M6/M1 or M6/M6 Toll/M1 as a back-up option.
Manchester United supporters are encouraged to take the M6/M42/M40.
On top of information on travel routes and service station allocations, TfGM has also shared tips for matchday parking, tube travel around London, and more.
Two teens arrested after death of 21-year-old man found with ‘serious injuries’ in Old Trafford
Two teenage boys have been arrested following the death of a 21-year-old man who was found with “serious injuries” in Manchester.
The arrests come after Greater Manchester Police (GMP) was called to reports of a “disturbance” at an address on Kings Road in the Old Trafford area of Manchester at around 7:45pm yesterday evening (Wednesday 31 May), where a 21-year-old victim was found seriously injured.
Despite the best efforts of the first responders, the young man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, GMP confirmed.
Following the incident, additional police officers have been deployed to the Old Trafford area.
It has now also been confirmed by GMP that two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with this incident – a 15-year-old on suspicion of murder, and a 16-year-old on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in the nearby area.
Both remain in custody ahead of questioning.
A murder investigation has now been launched, which GMP says is currently in the “very early stages”, and police are urgently appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information or footage which may assist with this.
“A team of experienced officers will be working throughout the night and over the coming days to understand a timeline of events that will help us piece together what has happened,” explained Detective Superintendent Jane Higham.
“We recognise that incidents of this nature will cause concern in our communities, not just in Old Trafford, but across Greater Manchester, and as a result there will be a visible increase of police officers in the area over the coming days whilst detectives investigate.
“Anyone with any concerns is encouraged to come and speak to us.”
DS Higham is urging anyone who was in the Old Trafford area at the time of the incident yesterday evening, or anyone who has mobile, dashcam, doorbell, or CCTV footage that may be of interest, to contact us GMP as “even the smallest piece of evidence may help with our investigation and provide answers for the young man’s family”.
Anyone with information is asked to contact GMP on 101 quoting log number 3367 31/5/2023.