Sad news for Bowsers family, who desperately want him home, but another example for tortoise doubters – they have personalities, know their owners, and if cared for as they should, live long happy lives with their families. Here’s hoping Bowser is found soon and this other tortoise makes it back home too.

(Source: KMPH.com)

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) –

It’s the next chapter in the tale of the missing tortoise from Porterville. Bowser, a 150–pound tortoise was stolen from his owner’s yard in August. A few weeks later a tortoise was seized in Los Banos. Bowser’s owners said that this was their tortoise and they took him home.

However, the Merced County Animal Services Manager says that the tortoise found in Los Banos is not Bowser. It turns out that tortoise has a different personality.

Animal Control says it thinks they’ve found the owner of the imposter tortoise. However, that person will have to show proof that they own him before they get the tortoise back.

Unfortunately this means Bowser is still missing.

Sad news for Bowsers family, who desperately want him home, but another example for tortoise doubters – they have personalities, know their owners, and if cared for as they should, live long happy lives with their families. Here’s hoping Bowser is found soon and this other tortoise makes it back home too.

(Source: KMPH.com)

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) –

It’s the next chapter in the tale of the missing tortoise from Porterville. Bowser, a 150–pound tortoise was stolen from his owner’s yard in August. A few weeks later a tortoise was seized in Los Banos. Bowser’s owners said that this was their tortoise and they took him home.

However, the Merced County Animal Services Manager says that the tortoise found in Los Banos is not Bowser. It turns out that tortoise has a different personality.

Animal Control says it thinks they’ve found the owner of the imposter tortoise. However, that person will have to show proof that they own him before they get the tortoise back.

Unfortunately this means Bowser is still missing.

Life lesson: Boyfriends will come and go but a tortoise is a forever pet. 

Check out this short news report on a woman and her sulcata, turbo, who wow strangers during their daily visits to a local park. 

Source: Brad Woodard – WFAA.com

HOUSTON – Years after she received an unusual gift from an ex -boyfriend, a woman and her pet have captured the interest of those in the Heights community in Houston.

Brenda Hereeia said she was given “Turbo,” a 13-year-old tortoise weighing in at 110 pounds, as a Christmas present from her boyfriend during her high school years.

While she thought the little guy was a box turtle, she saw the pet grow into a much larger reptile.

“He didn’t stop growing,” she said.

Come to find out, Turbo is an African spur thigh tortoise, the third largest tortoise species in the world. 

Now, she gets double takes from onlookers as she walks her tortoise through Memorial Park. With no leash, Turbo crawls along her side

“He’s very friendly,” Hereeia said.

While Hereeia said she and the boyfriend who gave her the tortoise have long since broken up, Turbo and Hereeia are expected to be longtime companions.

“He’s going to be here for hopefully the next 150 years,” she said.

Life lesson: Boyfriends will come and go but a tortoise is a forever pet. 

Check out this short news report on a woman and her sulcata, turbo, who wow strangers during their daily visits to a local park. 

Source: Brad Woodard – WFAA.com

HOUSTON – Years after she received an unusual gift from an ex -boyfriend, a woman and her pet have captured the interest of those in the Heights community in Houston.

Brenda Hereeia said she was given “Turbo,” a 13-year-old tortoise weighing in at 110 pounds, as a Christmas present from her boyfriend during her high school years.

While she thought the little guy was a box turtle, she saw the pet grow into a much larger reptile.

“He didn’t stop growing,” she said.

Come to find out, Turbo is an African spur thigh tortoise, the third largest tortoise species in the world. 

Now, she gets double takes from onlookers as she walks her tortoise through Memorial Park. With no leash, Turbo crawls along her side

“He’s very friendly,” Hereeia said.

While Hereeia said she and the boyfriend who gave her the tortoise have long since broken up, Turbo and Hereeia are expected to be longtime companions.

“He’s going to be here for hopefully the next 150 years,” she said.