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Bermudian model upset at theft of rare pet lizard

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A Bermudian working as a model in Los Angeles, California, made headlines after his rare pet lizard was stolen.

Darius Dio, who has appeared in advertisements for US store Target, has been accompanied by his bearded dragon lizard Drako for the last two years.

On a trip to San Diego last week, Mr Dio parked his Lexus car in the city while visiting friends — and left Drako in the vehicle to keep warm.

But according to ABC 10 News, when Mr Dio returned, he found that his car — and Drako — had been stolen.

“I have had him for two years and he's my best friend — I am still in disbelief,” Mr Dio told the station.

“It's nothing unusual for him to be in the car. Sometimes, when I'm driving he sticks his head out of the window just like a dog.”

According to the ABC 10 News website, Mr Dio reported the theft to San Diego police, who confirmed that the car had not been towed.

Mr Dio added that his iPad was also in the car, and he had been tracking it with a special app, checking every 20 minutes.

“I didn't really care about the car — when Drako was gone, my heart just fell,” Mr Dio said.

Mr Dio today announced both his car and Drako were found.

A post on his Facebook page reads: “This is the day the lord has made and I should rejoice and be glad in it!! (Singing) good news today. Drako was found, my car and everything in it. The only thing that the perpetrator left was a scratched tent, a bunch of Mc Donalds trash and a flat tire. But in all things God is good.”

Seeking stolen lizard: Bermudian model Darius Dio, pictured on a photoshoot.
A bearded dragon

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Published June 13, 2013 at 10:00 am (Updated June 13, 2013 at 10:44 am)

Bermudian model upset at theft of rare pet lizard

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