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MULTIPLE tortoises are currently on the loose after vanishing from their homes, according to concerned pet owners in Plymouth.
Earlier in the week, The Herald reported that Speedy, a spur-thighed tortoise, had disappeared from his home in Deer Park, Efford.
A tortoise was found a week ago in a nearby nature reserve and was believed to be Speedy.
The finder, who wishes to remain anonymous, found the tortoise “trapped in undergrowth near the path”.
The Herald contacted Speedy’s owner, Cory Clark, 28, to let her know that her tortoise had been located safe and well. But Cory said she had already been reunited with her beloved pet, and that her recent petition on social media had returned messages from various other concerned pet owners who also had missing tortoises.
“A lady called Kelly Badmin contacted me on Facebook last night to say that she had found my tortoise at Deer Park,” said Cory, who works at Ponderosa Pony Rescue.
“I had been looking for him every day, and after I put a petition out on social media, many other people came forward to say they had also lost their tortoises. All of them seem to have gone on a wild adventure at the moment.”
Tortoises have gone missing in Stoke and Efford. Another went from a home in Plympton but has since been found. Another is still missing after five months.
The second tortoise that has been found has yet to be reunited with its owner, but is currently being looked after by “an extremely nice gentleman” named Mike, who lives in Efford.
Cory Clark first noticed speedy was missing at 4pm on September 12, after she had brought her children back from school.
A windy night had caused damaged the pen, giving Speedy an easy escape.
Since he has returned home, Cory says her children, Cody, Tia and Marlee have been “very excited.”
Mike Capstack of Dartmoor Zoo commented: “Burrowing is a natural behaviour by most species of tortoise and in their colder climes they do it to hibernate. Most species don’t hibernate naturally and it is done out of necessity. They are not actually that slow so once they have escaped their owner’s garden they can easily go a few streets over in a night.”
If you know who the owner of the latest missing tortoise is, contact The Herald via our Facebook page, or call 01752293100.