Twelve miniature tortoises stolen from owner’s garden in overnight raid
Police are hunting thieves who made off with 12 baby tortoises from a garden.
The young tortoises, aged just 12 months old, were stolen from Dwyran, Anglesey, some time overnight on Tuesday. And one wildlife expert has warned that the creatures – which are only slightly larger than a 20p piece – will need special care to survive because of their age.
‘They can live up to 100 years’
Frankie Hobro at the Anglesey Sea Zoo told the Daily Post the theft might be because the reptiles are becoming rarer due to stricter customs at the border.
She said: “They’re becoming more expensive, it’s actually quite hard to get a hold of them as pets.
“It’s very difficult to get tortoises in the country, even though at a young age they are very small.
“But they are not the sort of thing that can just be sold on the street.
“I would expect people to be vigilant when they buy tortoises, they can live up to 100 years.
“Also, I don’t think pet shops would buy them in such a quantity without knowing or asking where they came from.”
‘They’re still babies’
She added: “If they were Madagascar Ploughshare tortoises, they could be incredibly valuable.
“Whatever the breed they need care and have delicate dietary requirements, especially as they’re still babies.”