December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
A ROAMING tortoise has been reunited with its owner following a Wisbech Standard appeal.
Andi Shortland, from Fenland Exotics in Wisbech, said the owner of an adult male Mediterranean spur thigh tortoise which was roaming in Wisbech Park came forward and successfully identified him.
But another lost tortoise has since come into Mr Shortland’s care at his Sutton St James home.
Mr Shortland hopes to repeat the trick and reunite this tortoise with its rightful owner.
He said: “We managed to re-home the first tortoise but last night I received a phone call about a tortoise someone found in a friend’s garden.
“He asked me to help return it to its rightful owner.
“For this to happen twice in a week is very unusual. To describe it as a coincidence is an understatement.
“It is a Horsefield Tortoise, which I estimate is five to six-years-old.
“It has not been microchipped and, while tortoises are resilient, it is important it is reunited with its owner before the hibernation season.”
The Horsefield tortoise is a small tortoise, ranging from about 15 to 25 cm in size.
Females grow slightly larger than the males and males have a slightly longer tail that is tucked to the side.
They have a life span of about 75 years.
If you know the owner of the tortoise, call Mr Shortland on 01945 467177.