12-pound pet lizard escaped cage, bit baby at Bennet home, sheriff’s office says

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A lizard escaped its cage Monday and bit an 11-month-old girl at a Bennet home, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said.

The child’s mom had been working upstairs when she heard the 11-month-old begin crying, Chief Deputy Ben Houchin said.

She then went downstairs and found her pet tegu lizard biting the baby.

The mom was able to get the lizard off of the baby before the father arrived home and put the lizard into the bathroom.

Houchin said the child was then taken to a hospital and needed two stitches in her right arm.

There were no violations or charges filed in the incident.

Houchin said the lizard weighs around 12 to 15 pounds and is about 3 feet long.

The parents said they are looking to relocate the lizard, according to Houchin.

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