Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Apparently it’s not just Spongebob Squarepants.
The New England Animal Medical Center in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on Wednesday posted on Facebook a bearded dragon named Randy who ended up in the center’s emergency room after having his head stuck in a replica pineapple identical to the one on the popular children’s television show.
“This is the cutest emergency we’ve ever had!” it said in the Facebook post. “Randy the bearded dragon tried to visit SpongeBob SquarePants yesterday and ended up in the ER. We’re not laughing at you, Randy, we’re laughing with you. The pineapple didn’t make it, but Randy is happy to be back home in the sun.”
The post has been shared nearly 8,000 times and has over 2,700 comments.
Another post showed the “after” photo, in which the pineapple was broken open to free the mischievous animal from the precarious situation. Randy looked “as good as ever,” the center added.
A Facebook user said the situation was neither “cute nor funny” and said the unidentified owners were “irresponsible” for allowing it to happen.
“Things are happening for the judges out there,” retorted one user. “Bearded people are sometimes mischievous. Randy has been to the vet and all is well.”
“Our dragon was out and about as usual, she ran into the dog crate and got stuck,” said another bearded dragon owner. “As if she thought she was going to go through the bars to get into the empty dog crate. Things happen. They are fast. And people have to stop judging.”
Another user joked, “How do you know he didn’t want to keep it on his head?”
National Geographic Bearded dragons are reportedly omnivores, living anywhere from four to ten years old. They weigh between 10 and 18 ounces on average and are often between 18 and 22 inches long.
The animal is called “bearded” because it has prickly scales under its chin that “bloat up” depending on its mood. There are eight recognized species of bearded dragons, or “beards” as they are commonly known, and are widely accepted as pets due to their “gentle, inquisitive, and active” lifestyle.
The shenanigans of the species have been documented all over the internet, including in a YouTube video posted by the MashupZone account about three years ago. The video shows bearded dragons in their domestic habitats, riding toy tanks and canister vacuums; scared of their own reflection and even tongue-killing fake bugs as part of a smartphone game.
news week contacted the medical center for comment.
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