Trea­sured tor­toise re­turned

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Alex Watkins

A SEVEN-year-old girl from Cox, Noa Hi­no­josa, whose ap­peal to find her lost pet tor­toise went vi­ral on the in­ter­net, has been re­united with it af­ter a month of search­ing.

Tortu, as she calls it, dis­ap­peared from her great­grand­mother’s house on Septem­ber 10.

So she de­signed a poster ap­peal­ing for help to find the miss­ing rep­tile say­ing how much her fam­ily missed it (see pic­ture).

This came com­plete with a pic­ture she drew of her trea­sured pet.

With the help of her fam­ily, the young girl posted it on so­cial net­works and around the town.

Tortu was fi­nally found 24 days later, ‘in good health’ in the play­ground of the Vir­gen de las Vir­tudes pri­mary school by its care­taker, ex­plained her mother, Laura Sivila.

“We know it’s her be­cause she has a white mark on her shell,” she said.

She sus­pects some­one may have taken it then de­cided to leave it some­where some­one would find it.

This was '‘be­cause it would be hard to be alone in the streets for al­most a month but we’ll never know 100% what hap­pened’, she ex­plained.

She be­lieves it may never have turned up if it were not for the at­ten­tion gen­er­ated on the in­ter­net.

Noa has al­ready started draw­ing a new pic­ture with mem­bers of her fam­ily with the tor­toise to thank ev­ery­one who helped to find it.

The power of the in­ter­net may have re­united girl and tor­toise

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