Escaping tortoise

While I was doing my weekly shopping, my wife sent me two photos via Whatsapp of a tortoise which my daughter had found crossing the road near where we live. We are unaware of whose pet it is, but have brought it indoors to prevent it becoming the victim of a passing vehicle.

You can see my daughter so intrigued by the sight of a tortoise crossing the road that she had to take a photo of it.

Someones pet tortoise playing real life Crossy Road
Someones pet tortoise playing real life Crossy Road

Then  to ensure it did not become road kill, she moved it onto our front lawn. But clearly this is not going to stop it from trying to cross the road. Hence they had to take it inside to a place of safety.

Tortoise placed on our front lawn
Tortoise placed on our front lawn

They decided the safest place would be our bath. They filled it a little with water, and left a few lettuce leaves for it to snack on.

Tortoise kept in our bath while waiting for the owner to reclaim it
Tortoise kept in our bath while waiting for the owner to reclaim it

It is just so photogenic I could not resist taking another photo of it.

Another view
Another view – the claws are actually rather sharp

We were hoping that the owner would come looking for it, as my daughter had made a notice to place in our neighbourhood but due to rainy weather she did not manage to put these out. But as you would have it we had a notice through our letterbox to say that our neighbour had lost their tortoise and was looking for it.

We were told that they have had this horsfield tortoise for over 12 years now. It is normally kept in the back garden but had managed to dig its way out and escaped. Its name was Dandelion. It is interesting to note that these tortoises can live for up to 60 years, and the female grown much larger than the male. But we are pleased that it has been reunited with its owner again.

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