We are all united in this kingdom of life.

iguana rescue

“Hey out there! Anyone see me here? I need help.”

While iguanas are not an endangered species, this iguana was in clear and present danger. Entangled in an abandoned fisherman’s nylon line it was in jeopardy of strangulation and dependent on human help.

A little apprehensive as I approached, I could sense his little body relax as he began to understand that I was there to help. I confidently and gently applied my foot on his tail to let him know that I was in charge. If not he could easily get himself more entangled if stressed.


“Yeah…finally someone to set me free…hey, you humans aren’t so bad after all!” 

As the one who noticed the precarious situation this one iguana found himself in, I was in the position to save its life.

I carefully cut away at the nylon around its neck first and gradually removed all the knots and ties until, alas, he was free. There was a sense of attachment that left me wistful when the lizard was finally free and thankfully unharmed, back to roaming, climbing and living its life. He looked back as if to say “Thanks!”

free thanks! “Man, that was close!”


If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that – Ellen DeGeneres

Story by Sheila Botton – Publisher of Events Curacao

Photos by Ricky Friedlander