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Last Updated: Friday October 27 2006 16:33 GMT

New hope for rare blue lizards

Grand Cayman blue iguana

The world's rarest lizard has moved a step closer to safety as scientists have managed to breed three baby Grand Cayman blue iguanas.

One of the lizards laid three eggs in a nature reserve on the Caribbean island that gave them their name, and they have now hatched.

There are two other nests in the reserve, and experts hope they will see more of the beasties running around.

The wild population of blue iguanas was expected to vanish within 10 years.

Over 200 blue iguanas have been released into the wild since 2004, but this is the first time they have bred.

The creatures are under threat because the land they live on has been changed to cattle farms, they are being eaten by animals brought to Grand Cayman by people and hunters are catching them.