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Meet Ciyalana the 11-year-old, 20 pound, Sulcata tortoise. He’s had a rough go of things the first few years of his life.  Like far too many sulcata tortoises, he was found abandoned in an NYC park, likely a victim of unprepared and uncommitted humans. Then just as things were looking up,  some kids broke into his new forever home at the Lower East Side Ecology Center in Manhattan. They threw a brick at his shell causing a large crack, requiring several surgeries and lots of epoxy before he was finally on the mend.  

When plans for a renovation of the center drew near, the folks at the Lower East Side Ecology Center decided he needed to wait the year out where he would have lots of love, space to roam, and NOMS A PLENTY! So Ciyalana found his way to the Woodstock farm sanctuary where he was greeted with a human parade and LOTS of treats. Looks like only the best days are ahead for Ciyalana! Nom on, shell friend! Nom on!

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.

130 year old Thomas the Tortoise has survived two world wars and even narrowly escaped being hit by a bomb during the Blitz. He is now on the road to recovery after being attacked by a rat.

June Le Gallez returned to her St Peter’s home on Tuesday afternoon with her 130-year-old pet, which had spent the past five days at the vets.

She said her female reptile, called Thomas, is now on antibiotics and painkillers after the rat bite wound on its shoulder got infected with maggots, which even travelled down its throat.

‘Thomas is very much part of the family and because she is so old we thought we would have lost her but she is tough and we are just hoping she pulls through,’ the 54-year-old said.

Mrs Le Gallez said her great uncle Harry, who lived in the UK, bought Thomas when she was 20 years old in 1922 to give to his daughter, Grace.

130 year old Thomas the Tortoise has survived two world wars and even narrowly escaped being hit by a bomb during the Blitz. He is now on the road to recovery after being attacked by a rat.

June Le Gallez returned to her St Peter’s home on Tuesday afternoon with her 130-year-old pet, which had spent the past five days at the vets.

She said her female reptile, called Thomas, is now on antibiotics and painkillers after the rat bite wound on its shoulder got infected with maggots, which even travelled down its throat.

‘Thomas is very much part of the family and because she is so old we thought we would have lost her but she is tough and we are just hoping she pulls through,’ the 54-year-old said.

Mrs Le Gallez said her great uncle Harry, who lived in the UK, bought Thomas when she was 20 years old in 1922 to give to his daughter, Grace.

Happy ending for the Ohio Sulcata! Thank goodness for Dave and lets high five/support all our reptile rescues, especially where they are few and far between…like in Ohio. 

A Sulcata tortoise found wandering the streets of Columbus, Ohio was minutes away from being euthanized when Dave “The Snake Guy” Sagan came to the rescue. The neglected and deformed  40-pound tortoise was taken to an Ohio wildlife event where the Hocking Valley Nature Center director just happened to be in attendance. Since Sulcatas are not native to Ohio, wildlife officials would have been forced to euthanize abandoned exotic animal.


Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/399872/sulcata-found-wandering-the-streets-rescued-minutes-before-euthanization/#pur3kr0gqEk5QCJJ.99 

Happy ending for the Ohio Sulcata! Thank goodness for Dave and lets high five/support all our reptile rescues, especially where they are few and far between…like in Ohio. 

A Sulcata tortoise found wandering the streets of Columbus, Ohio was minutes away from being euthanized when Dave “The Snake Guy” Sagan came to the rescue. The neglected and deformed  40-pound tortoise was taken to an Ohio wildlife event where the Hocking Valley Nature Center director just happened to be in attendance. Since Sulcatas are not native to Ohio, wildlife officials would have been forced to euthanize abandoned exotic animal.


Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/399872/sulcata-found-wandering-the-streets-rescued-minutes-before-euthanization/#pur3kr0gqEk5QCJJ.99 

This Russian tortoise, found abandoned in Orinda, now has a new home

Sick animal cruelty but at least this little guy has a happy ending! Here is his heartbreaking story:

Morris: Abused, abandoned turtle reminds us animal cruelty still with us

Dear Joan: I found a turtle in front of Mechanics Bank in Orinda last week. In the gutter.

He was in a black plastic bag tied in a knot. He managed to claw holes so he could walk and breath.

I have him with me at work. I believe he is someone’s pet. He was either stolen or they were trying to dispose of him. So sad.

He is really cute and I want him to find a good home, but most of all I think the word should get out that animal cruelty still is alive.

Concerned

Orinda

Dear Concerned: I can’t abide the cruelty that humans do to each other, and when it is directed at helpless animals, it just breaks my heart over and over again.

How can the person who did that live with him or herself? Do they care that the turtle could have been run over or worse, left to die a slow, painful death?

Thank goodness you saw him and saved him from that fate.

Now for the happy ending. The turtle, which turned out to be a Russian tortoise, has a new home with someone who will love him as he should be loved.

To see a picture of tortoise the day he was rescued, go to www.pinterest.com/gardenjoan and check out the Bay Area Critters board.

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This Russian tortoise, found abandoned in Orinda, now has a new home

Sick animal cruelty but at least this little guy has a happy ending! Here is his heartbreaking story:

Morris: Abused, abandoned turtle reminds us animal cruelty still with us

Dear Joan: I found a turtle in front of Mechanics Bank in Orinda last week. In the gutter.

He was in a black plastic bag tied in a knot. He managed to claw holes so he could walk and breath.

I have him with me at work. I believe he is someone’s pet. He was either stolen or they were trying to dispose of him. So sad.

He is really cute and I want him to find a good home, but most of all I think the word should get out that animal cruelty still is alive.

Concerned

Orinda

Dear Concerned: I can’t abide the cruelty that humans do to each other, and when it is directed at helpless animals, it just breaks my heart over and over again.

How can the person who did that live with him or herself? Do they care that the turtle could have been run over or worse, left to die a slow, painful death?

Thank goodness you saw him and saved him from that fate.

Now for the happy ending. The turtle, which turned out to be a Russian tortoise, has a new home with someone who will love him as he should be loved.

To see a picture of tortoise the day he was rescued, go to www.pinterest.com/gardenjoan and check out the Bay Area Critters board.

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Brutus lives! This one is for @kippygo

Kate Winslet and the 90-year-old mother of Richard Branson safely escaped the fire that destroyedthe Virgin Group magnate’s Caribbean home on Necker Island, but there was also another surprise survivor: Branson’s pet tortoise. 

“We came up to the ruins of the great house and we found our pet tortoise Brutus amongst all the ashes, looking very, very well and healthy,” he said in an interview that aired on Today. “He’ll father many more tortoises on the island.” 

So glad to see Brutus is safe and still has the chance to be the first tortoise in space via Virgin Galactic 🙂