Firefighters in Cove, England were called to rescue an iguana trapped 45 feet up in a tree only to find the alleged lizard was a green branch.
An animal rescue officer and an aerial ladder platform team from the fire department were called to the scene by Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officers.
The Royal Society had received numerous calls from residents about a stranded lizard.
Colin Horwood, the animal rescue officer, says the rescuers made it about 25 feet up on the ladder before they realized the reported distressed lizard was nothing more than a green tree branch.
"The branch bore a striking resemblance to an iguana from the ground," says Horwood.