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Doris the tortoise goes on the run for six days

Doris the tortoise goes on the run for six days

A pet owner is urging people to keep their eyes peeled for a missing tortoise who has not been seen for six days.

Doris the tortoise, who is at least 41-years-old, has never run away before, and her owner Linda Dighton is missing the pet she has owned for 15 years.

Doris was known for putting herself to bed at night and her disappearance remains a mystery to her owner.

Miss Dighton said she is very distinctive and has scars on her shell.

She said: « She often used to put herself to bed in the greenhouse as she has a little wooden bed in there.

« She came to me with the name Boris as her previous owners thought she was a boy.

« She does know her name. I can call her and she will come to me.

Doris who has gone missing from her home
Doris who has gone missing from her home

« I used to sit there and hand feed her. »

She added that Doris loved being fed broccoli as a snack and enjoyed being stroked across the shell.

The 50-year-old from North Kyme said: « I miss seeing her. When you have an animal for 15 years they are part of your family. »

She added that she realised that her tortoise wasn’t in the garden after she had returned from taking her car to the garage on May 23.

After looking round the garden she found a small gap in the fence but did not believe her pet was big enough to get through it.

She said: « She may have gone into the neighbour’s garden.

« [I went into their garden] and I was on my hands and knees under the bushes and trying to think like a tortoise. »

She also checked the gardens of another two houses to find her beloved pet.

Doris the tortoise
Doris the tortoise

Linda’s friend, Kat Stubberfield, is helping campaign to find Doris on social media. She said there is also a fear she may have been taken from her home in North Kyme.

She said: « We have looked in neighbour’s gardens but she has never escaped before now. Linda is worried in case someone has picked her up.

« She has been happy so I can’t see why she would have gone on a wander. »