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Have you lost your tortoise? RSPCA appeal to find owner of tortoise found in Staines

Have you lost your tortoise? RSPCA appeal to find owner of tortoise found in Staines

« It may be that she’s escaped from someone’s garden and has ended up a little lost »

The RSPCA is appealing to find the owner of an elderly tortoise found wandering down a street in Surrey .

The old spur-thighed tortoise was found by a member of the public in Lansdowne Road, Staines on Sunday, May 12 at around 12.30pm.

The stray pet is not microchipped and is yet to be reunited with its owner.

Animal Welfare Officer, Pete Yarde, collected the female tortoise and she is now being looked after by an experienced keeper while the search for her owner continues.

He said: “Unfortunately, this old girl was found wandering along the street. It may be that she’s escaped from someone’s garden and has ended up a little lost. I’m surprised that no one has come forward for her as she’s a lovely, old tortoise and someone must be missing her.”

 
This tortoise is yet to be reunited with its owner (Image: RSPCA)

The RSPCA believes the tortoise may only have been missing for a short period, as she was found uninjured and is healthy.

 

If you recognise this pet or have lost your tortoise in the area, please contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, quoting reference ‘AWO Yarde’.

RSPCA Advice

The number of tortoises collected by the RSPCA increases over the summer months, and the charity recommends that owners ensure gardens and enclosures are secure to prevent accidental escape.

It is also recommended that owners have their tortoises microchipped by an exotics vet, so that they can be reunited if they are lost and found.

For more information about the care of exotic pets, please visit the RSPCA’s website here.