tayygay:

Did anyone lose a tortoise in the horsethief canyon area in corona California?
Message me if you know anyone who has one that they lost or if you’ve lost yours…

When Janice Rich got the call from the police on Monday, she was nervous. Her beloved pet tortoise Diesel had been abducted from her La Verne backyard and missing for weeks.

Miraculously, the 130-pound tortoise worth over $1,000 was found this week, 20 miles away in Whittier.

“I didn’t want to get my hopes up in case it was another tortoise,” she said. “But when I saw him, I fell to the floor and just started hugging and kissing him.”

Despite minor injuries, “Diesel” is “happy and eating,” Rich said.

The pet nappers broke into the Rich’s wooden gate around 8 p.m. Oct. 7, snatching Diesel, the family’s desert tortoise.

Rich took to social media to help bring her beloved pet home.

“The message must have reached the right people,” Rich said.

The final tip in this unusual caper came from a woman who called the La Verne Police Department to report that, while driving her car in a remote area of Whittier, she narrowly missed hitting a giant tortoise in the middle of the road, according to Detective Shawn Dinkel, of the La Verne Police Department.

Thanks to Rich’s social media campaign, the woman recognized the tortoise as Diesel, Dinkel said.

Rich claimed that the theft was well planned.

“There were no signs of struggle – no blood,” Rich said.

This case is not the only one. Dinkel said that there have been other similar cases.

He recommends installing security cameras.

There have been no arrests, but police are convinced that there was more than one thief. If caught, they face burglary and grand theft charges, Dinkel said.

“It must have taken two men to steal Diesel because he’s so big,” Rich said.

Looks like Samson is happy to be home, but enjoyed his adventures a little too. How can you resist this pose? 

(Source: MyFoxPhilly.com)

CASA GRANDE, AZ –

A giant tortoise in Arizona proves that slow and steady really does win the race!

18-year-old Samson the Tortoise escaped from his owners’ casa Grande home in November 2012. The owners say the 100-pound sulcata tortoise wandered out through an open gate after finding some alfalfa.

He roamed around for a while before someone found him 30 miles away from the home in Hidden Valley. Samson was then taken to a Maricopa foster home.

After an online posting, and a microchip in his leg, he was returned back to his owners The Plumb Family.

Mary Plumb says someone who took care of the animals, who was out in the yard, left a gate open.

13-year-old Charles Plum is thrilled to have Samson back home.

“I was coming in and my parents told me we got the tortoise back and so I just dropped my backpack and ran over here,” Charles said.

The Plumbs not only have 18 tortoises, but they take care of chickens, dozens of peacocks, tarantulas, pet snakes, 20 guinea fowls and an alpaca.

Mary says she couldn’t wait to feed Samson his favorite food apples.

Very happy ending for Houdini, the aptly named Sulcata that disappeared from his owners yard in Yarmouth, MA last wednesday! He was found in an open space by a local officer and a crowd of intrigued onlookers. He’s been reunited with his humans and is now happily noming on the yard and posing for pictures and videos like a handsome tortoise should. 

(Source CapeCodTimes.com)

SOUTH YARMOUTH — Houdini, the disappearing tortoise, has returned from the great beyond.

In this case, the great beyond was the world outside his yard on a street off South Shore Drive. That’s where Houdini usually hangs out, hoping for a ripe tomato or a slice of watermelon.

But Wednesday, the 25-pound reptile went missing. Whether he escaped, was tortoise-napped or was merely playing a slow-paced game of hide and seek is unclear.

On Sunday, after four days of no tortoise, the dejected Ryan headed over to the Yarmouth Police Department off Higgins Crowell Road to drop off a poster.

That’s when things turned strange and wonderful. Ryan noticed a group of people and a bit of a hubbub upon arriving at the station.

“There were three people around in the semicircle,” recalled Ryan. “There was a police officer standing there. Right smack in the middle was Houdini.”

Ryan was floored. “It was just the most bizarre thing,” she said. “I was meant to be there, when they were there, when the tortoise was there.”

Turns out Houdini had just been found on Knob Hill Road, about 4 miles from his yard.

Yarmouth natural resources officer Timothy Parsons doesn’t think it likely that Houdini could have traveled that far in four days.

Instead, Parsons thinks it possible that Houdini may have escaped from his yard and been found wandering by a good Samaritan who dropped off the tortoise in an open-space area.

Only Houdini knows what really happened, and he’s not talking. Magicians and tortoises never reveal their secrets.

Very happy ending for Houdini, the aptly named Sulcata that disappeared from his owners yard in Yarmouth, MA last wednesday! He was found in an open space by a local officer and a crowd of intrigued onlookers. He’s been reunited with his humans and is now happily noming on the yard and posing for pictures and videos like a handsome tortoise should. 

(Source CapeCodTimes.com)

SOUTH YARMOUTH — Houdini, the disappearing tortoise, has returned from the great beyond.

In this case, the great beyond was the world outside his yard on a street off South Shore Drive. That’s where Houdini usually hangs out, hoping for a ripe tomato or a slice of watermelon.

But Wednesday, the 25-pound reptile went missing. Whether he escaped, was tortoise-napped or was merely playing a slow-paced game of hide and seek is unclear.

On Sunday, after four days of no tortoise, the dejected Ryan headed over to the Yarmouth Police Department off Higgins Crowell Road to drop off a poster.

That’s when things turned strange and wonderful. Ryan noticed a group of people and a bit of a hubbub upon arriving at the station.

“There were three people around in the semicircle,” recalled Ryan. “There was a police officer standing there. Right smack in the middle was Houdini.”

Ryan was floored. “It was just the most bizarre thing,” she said. “I was meant to be there, when they were there, when the tortoise was there.”

Turns out Houdini had just been found on Knob Hill Road, about 4 miles from his yard.

Yarmouth natural resources officer Timothy Parsons doesn’t think it likely that Houdini could have traveled that far in four days.

Instead, Parsons thinks it possible that Houdini may have escaped from his yard and been found wandering by a good Samaritan who dropped off the tortoise in an open-space area.

Only Houdini knows what really happened, and he’s not talking. Magicians and tortoises never reveal their secrets.

what a beauty! 

keegusthefeetus:

Found this lil’ guy on my walk today. I thought he was adorable.

what a beauty! 

keegusthefeetus:

Found this lil’ guy on my walk today. I thought he was adorable.

what a beauty! 

keegusthefeetus:

Found this lil’ guy on my walk today. I thought he was adorable.

what a beauty! 

keegusthefeetus:

Found this lil’ guy on my walk today. I thought he was adorable.

r10p:

This #desert #tortoise just wandered into our yard. 65 pounds, at least!

Seems like another rowdy teenage tortoise tries to prove a point to mom and dad by disappearing for a few days.  Come on torties! I know your generation was too young but you have Vh1 classic! Watch that Soul Asylum video for Runaway train. Its not worth it!