Bride halts wedding plans to pay for lizard chemo
A bride-to-be in the UK has been forced to postpone her dream wedding - after splashing out £3,000 to pay for her pet lizard's chemotherapy treatment.
According to Croydon Today, lizard lover Lizzie Griffiths (yes, her name is actually 'Lizzie'), paid out for the life-saving operation to help out her bearded dragon George, who had developed a tumour on his face.
Lizzie, who works as a nurse, had originally brought George back to full health after adopting him a year ago, despite the fact he was suffering from a chest infection at the time.
"I just took one look and fell in love," she told the newspaper. "When I first held him he burrowed into my neck and it was like he was saying he had found his new home.
"Now I wake up at half five in the morning just so we can have a cuddle because if I don't get much time with him it upsets me.
"I knew I would give him everything I could, I would spend every amount of money I could on him, and I would take him and look after him and care for him properly. My fiancé knows that George will always come first."
Thankfully, Lizzie's fiancee does not see George as a love rival - even though the lizard's 8ft long vivarium is placed in the bedroom - so it's clear that the two can happily co-exist. "They definitely have a special bond and if he sits on me he will just wriggle about. But when he's with Lizzie he's so calm, it's like he knows she saved him," he said.
"I think it's adorable and I understand he is her number one. I don't know anyone who could love George as much as Lizzie does."
You'll be glad to hear that George is now on the mend after daily 200 mile visits to the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk. Lizzie's fiancee may have to hold off their wedding plans following last year's engagement a little longer too, as his partner also owns a gecko and has plans to open her own reptile sanctuary.