Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Apparently, it’s not just Spongebob Squarepants.
The New England Animal Medical Center in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, posted a Facebook post on Wednesday about a bearded dragon named Randy who ended up in the center’s emergency room after getting his head stuck in a replica pineapple that mirrors that of the popular children’s television show.
“This is the cutest emergency we’ve ever had!” Facebook post said. “Randy the bearded dragon tried to visit SpongeBob Square Pants yesterday and ended up in the ER. We’re not laughing at you Randy, we’re laughing with you. The pineapple didn’t survive, but Randy is back home happily lying in the sun.”
The post has been shared nearly 8,000 times and has over 2,700 comments.
another post showed the “after” photo which involved smashing the pineapple to get the mischievous animal out of the precarious situation. Randy looked “more handsome than ever,” the center added.
A Facebook user said the situation was neither “cute nor funny”, saying the unidentified owners were “irresponsible” in letting it happen.
“For critics, things are happening,” one user shot back. “Beards are mischievous sometimes. Randy has seen the vet and everything is fine.”
“Our dragon was wandering like she always does, she ran into the dog crate and got stuck,” said another bearded dragon owner. “Like she thinks she’s going through the bars to get into the empty dog crate. Things happen. They happen fast. And people need to stop judging.”
Another user joked, “How do you know he didn’t want to keep it on his head?”
National geographic reports that bearded dragons are omnivores that live between four and 10 years. They weigh on average between 10 and 18 ounces and often measure between 18 and 22 inches in length.
The animal is called “bearded” because it has spiny scales under the chin that “swell” depending on the mood. There are eight recognized species of bearded dragon, or “bearded” as they are commonly called, and are common as pets due to their “gentle, inquisitive, and active” lifestyle.
The species’ shenanigans have been documented all over the internet, including in a Youtube video posted about three years ago by the MashupZone account. The video shows bearded dragons in their domestic habitats, riding toy tanks and floor vacuums; be afraid of their own image in a mirror, and even kill fake insects with their tongues in a smartphone game.
Newsweek contacted the medical center for comment.