Once, while driving, I mistook a plastic bag floating on the wind for a pigeon. As it got closer to my car, I tensed up, afraid that I wouldn’t be able to safely move out of the way or stop in time. When it limply floated past my windshield, and I saw it for what it was, I breathed a sigh of relief before immediately getting a little red in the face.
It was embarrassing to be so sure that an animal was in danger only to realize I’d jumped the gun! I can only imagine that feeling was very similar for a woman in Krakow, Poland who called on the nonprofit KTOZ, or Krakow Society for the Protection of Animals, when she was sure that her neighborhood was being menaced by a mysterious, golden-brown iguana.
It was later revealed to be not a helpless or menacing animal, but a croissant!
In a widely-shared Facebook post, inspector Adam from the KTOZ related the humorous incident. The report came in from a frantic woman who claimed “People don’t open windows because they’re afraid it’s going to enter their house!”
Bracing himself for an unknown creature or perhaps a late April fools joke, Inspector Adam arrived on the scene.
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Details from the woman who’d called it in were shaky — she’d meant to call it a “legwan,” or iguana, but had instead referred to the mysterious brown shape as a “lagoon.”
Inspector Adam knew he was in for something strange, but that’s not unusual for the job. The Facebook post continues: “However, years of inspection have taught me that there are people willing to get rid of any animal that causes some trouble. Or just get bored. We had an old yorkie thrown into the yard in the evening, a seriously ill cat left in a closed transporter in a dumpster carport in winter, rats and hamsters with a cage thrown in the garbage, even fish in a street bucket…. Maybe someone threw out an iguana. I wonder how this creature feels after two nights in freezing temperature. Maybe he’s sitting in that tree and not moving because he just died?”
Eventually, inspector Adam and his teammates met with the woman who called in the “lagoon.” She was also having trouble remembering the type of tree that she saw it in, leading to another puzzle.
She last spotted it “on what blooms in May.” Amused by this, inspector Adam noted that “Almost everything blooms in May.” Fortunately, the team managed to locate the marooned lagoon in its perch not long after.
“There it is, we have it! The brown creature sits on a lilac branch… exactly as described by the reporting lady. His brown skin glistens in the sun, although there is some dullness here and there. We look more closely – the poor guy has no legs or a head. We already know that we are not able to help the creature, the iguana, or rather – the lagoon. It is difficult to help something that has been previously baked, not in the sun’s rays. It is difficult to help something when the sight of it almost knocks us off our feet with an attack of laughter. This mysterious lagoon – the iguana, turned out to be a croissant, a croissant made of puff pastry.”
Likely either dropped or thrown out of a window as food for the birds, the croissant was fortunately not in any danger, nor a threat to anyone.
On a job that so often sees mistreated or abused animals, Inspector Adam and his team were lucky to end such a mysterious call with a funny story to tell. After it was shared on Facebook, the story inspired not just laughter, but a lovely portrait of the lagoon himself, as illustrated by Polish artist Rynn Rysuje and reposted on the KTOZ’s page.
The KTOZ is a non-government organization, and relies on donations to care for Krakow’s animals.Whizzco