Four-legged fugitive: Big lizard escapes pet shop - CBS46 News

Four-legged fugitive: Big lizard escapes pet shop

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(Source: Facebook/Mike's Pets) (Source: Facebook/Mike's Pets)

SAN DIEGO (AP/Meredith) — Residents near San Diego are warned to watch out for a four-legged fugitive: a 5 ½-foot monitor lizard that wriggled out of its cage.

Mike Estevez tells KGTV that a 35-pound reptile named Bubbles was last seen on Sunday at his store, Mike's Pets in Spring Valley.

Estevez says the carnivorous critter probably managed to escape through a tiny crevice at the bottom of a cage.

Security camera footage shows Bubbles sauntering toward the rear of the store.

Estevez says Bubbles is good around people and often roams the store while customers are around.

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But he's advising anyone who sees the reptile not to try grabbing him.

San Diego County's Animal Services department is assisting in the search.