Staff at Leighton’s British Heart Foundation shop could hardly believe their eyes when they found 11 bearded dragons dumped in the car park behind them.
Manager Michael Bunning discovered the exotic reptiles in a rubbish bin behind the Waterborne Walk charity shop.
He said: “We’re used to getting all sorts of donations but this was something completely different.
“I’d gone out to put some rubbish in the bin when I saw four pairs of eyes staring up at me.”
Some of the dragons – pogona vitticeps, native to Australia, who are given to bobbing their heads and waving – were taken to Fathoms Aquatics, while the majority of the dragons went to Wrigglies Exotic Pets in Dunstable.
Hazel Darton from Wrigglies said: “They weren’t in very good condition. There were feet missing, toes missing and they were seriously underweight.”
> For more on this story see the October 6 issue of the Leighton Buzzard Observer.