Where’s Rocco?

Sun­bury: Fears for ‘very in­quis­i­tive’ tor­toise which van­ished from home

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by Ge­orgina Town­shend A SNEAKY tor­toise has gone on the run from his new home in Sun­bury, right at the start of the hi­ber­na­tion sea­son, leav­ing his owner per­plexed at where he could have gone. Suzanne Turner, from Sax­on­bury Av­enue, has only had Rocco the Her­manns tor­toise for five weeks and is wor­ried he has gone on a mis­sion to find his pre­vi­ous abode. She said: “I re-homed him with another tor­toise be­cause the own­ers wanted them to have more free­dom to roam. He is nine years old and is very in­quis­i­tive. “He is quite un­usual in that when you pick him up, he doesn’t go into his shell but sticks his neck out as far as he can to be stroked and tick­led un­der his chin.” After bring­ing Rocco home, Mrs Turner tor­toise­proofed the gar­den with plas­tic mesh and roof tiles. “I am re­ally not sure where or how he man­aged to es­cape – there is no ob­vi­ous ev­i­dence of dig­ging round the out­side or holes.” Ex­perts from the Tor­toise Pro­tec­tion Group web­site have re­as­sured Mrs Turner that he has most likely gone into hi­ber­na­tion – ap­par­ently it is quite common for them to dig in to a depth of up to two feet.

Mrs Turner, how­ever, is not con­vinced. “I am wor­ried he may have gone on a mis­sion to find his pre­vi­ous home, de­spite my best ef­forts to pro­vide a lovely en­vi­ron­ment and his favourite foods.

“It is just too early, and too warm, to hi­ber­nate.

“So far I have put no­tices up in the area, leafleted and spo­ken to our im­me­di­ate neigh­bours and ob­vi­ously searched ex­ten­sively in the gar­den.” Rocco is a Her­manns tor­toise and is quite small for his age, with his shell only be­ing about 15-17cm. If any­one spots Rocco, please call Mrs Turner on 07771 966120. Just last month another tor­toise named Lucky went miss­ing from its home in Gar­den Road, Walton. The heartbroken Hogg fam­ily ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion about the tor­toise, which they be­lieve has been stolen.

Rocco the tor­toise has gone on the run from his new home in Sun­bury, right at

the start of hi­ber­na­tion sea­son.

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