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