Thane: One of the rarest species of chameleons was rescued from Maharashtra's Kalyan on Tuesday.
"The green chameleon, which is considered one of the rarest of species, was spotted on a tree near the Gandhari area in Kalyan. A local had earlier noticed the animal in the same position on the tree, continuously for two days. However, he then approached our foundation, giving us the alert call," said Prem Aher, 22, a volunteer from the WARR (Wild Animal Reptiles Rescue Foundation) in Kalyan.
"The green-coloured chameleon, which is often found in India, are but rare to spot in urban areas. They are able to vary their colourations and patterns through combinations of pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown, and light blue, among other colours," added Aher.
According to the animal experts, this is only a specific Indian species of chameleons, rarely sighted in city areas.
Following the alert call, the chameleon was rescued from the tree.
It was later handed over to the regional forest officials, who will later release the creature inside the forest area, informed a volunteer from the WARR foundation.