Ford Find of the Way: Yucatan Iguana

July 29 was a day of smiles and a well deserved break from the daily mechanical chatter at Ford's Van Dyke Transmission Plant, as the workers unloading a bunch of parts coming all the way from Mexico stumbled upon... an iguana.

Not just any iguana, that is, but a very rare one, a Yucatan spiny-tailed iguana which can only be found on a small portion of the peninsula wearing the same name. So why did Ford decided to bring this to our knowledge some good weeks after the fact?

Well, only recently the iguana found a new home at the Detroit Zoo. Actually, not just yet, as the male reptile is still being in quarantine, getting ready to join the Holden Museum of Living Reptiles once it has been cleared by US authorities.

“This is a unique and rare rescue situation. This particular species is from a localized area in Mexico and it’s uncommon to see them in zoos,” Curator of Reptiles Jeff Jundt said about the reptile.

Ford done a bit of investigating on how the reptile managed to illegally cross the border, but pretty much failed in its attempt. The theory is the iguana found its way into the containers bound for the US and managed to achieve what countless other Mexicans fail to do.

Of course, you've all heard by now about the shipping problems Ford is experiencing with its Mexican build vehicles. In case the Holden Museum of Living Reptiles decides to give the iguana a name, we'd say they should call it Fiesta...
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