Brian the tortoise survives a ride to the dumpster and is reunited with owner, thanks to GPS technology and some kind employees at the Milpitas Recyclery.

I wish I could say “I can’t imagine how something like this happens” but our shells are pretty crafty. Look away for a second and who knows where they end up.  Happy Brian was found safe and sound, and curious as ever. That’s quite a journey for a shell but he sees very happy to be back with his hudad 😀 

(Source: San Jose Mercury News)

The operations team at Newby Island Resource Recovery Park on the San Jose/Milpitas border knows what it means to provide the best customer service possible, even if that customer has four legs and a shell. Republic customer Chuck Wilcox and his tortoise Brian were separated on Friday, May 23 by unfortunate circumstances.

Wilcox was busily breaking down cardboard boxes to place in his apartment complex recycling container while, unbeknownst to him, Brian was climbing into one of these boxes. The container was serviced on Monday, May 26 and it wasn’t until after Republic had collected the material that Wilcox realized 7-year-old Brian, whom Wilcox has raised since he was a baby, may have been caught up in the materials.

Wilcox arrived at Republic’s operations office around 12:30 p.m. on Monday requesting the assistance of hauling company Operations Manager Nancy Clement and Operations Supervisor Jeanette DeLange-Ortiz to find Brian. He said he broke down all the cardboard except for two boxes which contained plastic and was hopeful that if Brian did crawl into the boxes, it was one of those.

DeLange-Ortiz reached out to Angel Maldonado, Republic’s Milpitas commercial recycle driver, and through his GPS tracking, he noted the container was dumped around 10:30 a.m. and the load was still in his truck. While awaiting Maldonado’s arrival at Newby Island, Clement conferred with Enrique Castillo, Newby Island Recyclery operations manager, on how best to search the load once dumped.

Both Castillo and Clement felt it was too dangerous to allow the customer to search the load so they, Andrew Morin and Marty Herrera (both Recyclery employees) volunteered to search for Brian.

They instructed Wilcox to stay in his personal vehicle but near the load so he could identify the boxes. Maldonado spread the load outside the Recyclery — about four tons of material — and they determined the apartment’s material to be in the first third of the load.

After about 10 minutes, the box was located but they were afraid Brian may not have made it. Morin searched through the plastic in the boxes very carefully and was elated to find Brian healthy and safe with his legs and head out, looking around.

There was a little mess on Brian’s shell, but other than that he was unharmed. When Clement handed him over, Wilcox and Brian had a very emotional and happy reunion.

Brian the tortoise survives a ride to the dumpster and is reunited with owner, thanks to GPS technology and some kind employees at the Milpitas Recyclery.

I wish I could say “I can’t imagine how something like this happens” but our shells are pretty crafty. Look away for a second and who knows where they end up.  Happy Brian was found safe and sound, and curious as ever. That’s quite a journey for a shell but he sees very happy to be back with his hudad 😀 

(Source: San Jose Mercury News)

The operations team at Newby Island Resource Recovery Park on the San Jose/Milpitas border knows what it means to provide the best customer service possible, even if that customer has four legs and a shell. Republic customer Chuck Wilcox and his tortoise Brian were separated on Friday, May 23 by unfortunate circumstances.

Wilcox was busily breaking down cardboard boxes to place in his apartment complex recycling container while, unbeknownst to him, Brian was climbing into one of these boxes. The container was serviced on Monday, May 26 and it wasn’t until after Republic had collected the material that Wilcox realized 7-year-old Brian, whom Wilcox has raised since he was a baby, may have been caught up in the materials.

Wilcox arrived at Republic’s operations office around 12:30 p.m. on Monday requesting the assistance of hauling company Operations Manager Nancy Clement and Operations Supervisor Jeanette DeLange-Ortiz to find Brian. He said he broke down all the cardboard except for two boxes which contained plastic and was hopeful that if Brian did crawl into the boxes, it was one of those.

DeLange-Ortiz reached out to Angel Maldonado, Republic’s Milpitas commercial recycle driver, and through his GPS tracking, he noted the container was dumped around 10:30 a.m. and the load was still in his truck. While awaiting Maldonado’s arrival at Newby Island, Clement conferred with Enrique Castillo, Newby Island Recyclery operations manager, on how best to search the load once dumped.

Both Castillo and Clement felt it was too dangerous to allow the customer to search the load so they, Andrew Morin and Marty Herrera (both Recyclery employees) volunteered to search for Brian.

They instructed Wilcox to stay in his personal vehicle but near the load so he could identify the boxes. Maldonado spread the load outside the Recyclery — about four tons of material — and they determined the apartment’s material to be in the first third of the load.

After about 10 minutes, the box was located but they were afraid Brian may not have made it. Morin searched through the plastic in the boxes very carefully and was elated to find Brian healthy and safe with his legs and head out, looking around.

There was a little mess on Brian’s shell, but other than that he was unharmed. When Clement handed him over, Wilcox and Brian had a very emotional and happy reunion.

Bubbles the tortoise miraculously survived 48 hrs underwater. rescued by her owner who donned a wetsuit and dived into the cold pond to save his shell friend. 

(Source: Gazette-news.co.uk )

A concerned owner was left shell-shocked when he found his pet tortoise in his pond after two days of being missing – alive.

The miracle reptile called Bubble is more than 60 years old, but is thought to have survived her underwater adventure due to the cold environment.

Owner Chris Casswell said: “I got into the pond in my wetsuit and found her three feet underwater in the pond.

“She was in a bad way so we took her to the vets and he said he had known a tortoise survive 24 hours but not 48 hours underwater before.

“Because it was cold they slow down into hibernation and they are very good at holding their breath.”

She is now said to be feeling much better and has been reunited with her male companion, Sandra.

aimni:

kawaii little box turtle that my dad found while mowing the lawn (he ran over him but he didn’t hit him so he’s ok)

we already let him go, what should his name be?

Beyonce? Cause he’s a survivor? hee 

Just be careful! Shells can smell like Raw hide to dogs! doggie might wanna take a bite without even knowing poor Beyonce is a potential new friend! 

aimni:

kawaii little box turtle that my dad found while mowing the lawn (he ran over him but he didn’t hit him so he’s ok)

we already let him go, what should his name be?

Beyonce? Cause he’s a survivor? hee 

Just be careful! Shells can smell like Raw hide to dogs! doggie might wanna take a bite without even knowing poor Beyonce is a potential new friend! 

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 🙂