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Mike Lindskog, announcer of Springfield Cardinals games for Jock 98.7 FM, and Bandito.If youâre allergic to dog and cat hair, whatâs the next best pet option? For Mike Lindskog, Springfield Cardinals announcer, it was a pet iguana. About 11 years ago in Coeur dâAlene, Idaho, where Lindskog was working, a pet shop had a sign in the window: âIguanas $14.95.â At the time, Bandito was the size of a magic marker. Today, the iguana weighs in at 5 pounds.
For two years, Lindskog thought Bandito was a male, hence the masculine name. However, iguanas have the ability to make and lay unfertilized eggs, and when she did that, the misperception was correctedâalthough the name remained the same. âI figured the name change would be hard for her with the kids teasing her at school,â he jokes.
She loves to eat about anything, but Lindskog says her favorite treat is macaroni and cheese. Occasionally sheâll be in the announcerâs booth during games. She sports a Cardinals shirt (from Build a Bear) and hangs out on her favorite pillow.
âPeople ask, âWhat does she do?ââ Lindskog says. âWell, youâre looking at it.â A pretty mellow pet, Bandito has a 6-by-6 oak and glass cage, but Lindskog and his wife, Christy, sometimes let her out to roam the house. Through a pet door, she can access the yard area and graze. When heâs on the road, Lindskogâs interns go to the house to take care of Bandito and TuRock, a gecko. âItâs definitely red-headed stepchild central,â Lindskog says of his favoritism for Bandito.