Mystery as tortoises disappear from two Burntwood homes on the same night
Ozzie the tortoise is 20 years old. Inset: 40-year-old Hilda.
TWO tortoises vanished on the same night in Burntwood, leaving their owners fearful the animals have been stolen.
Helen Green’s 20-year-old pet Ozzie went missing from her back garden on November 8-9, the dates her friend’s 40-year-old tortoise Hilda also disappeared.
Ozzie was last seen at his home in Eastwood Avenue and Hilda vanished from her owner Donna Randle’s property in Fieldhouse Crescent.
“They had stared to hibernate and have gone missing, presumed stolen, from their houses,” said Helen.
“If they have been woken up this can be very dangerous to their health and they could even die.
“This makes me think that whoever has them does not know how to look after them.
“All we want is them to be returned as we are very worried.”
Tortoises generally have the longest lifespans of any animal – some are known to have lived well over 150 years.
Anyone with any information as to the Burntwood tortoises’ whereabouts should call police on 101, quoting incident number 623 of November 14.