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Local news: Cumbrian woman finds Chinese tortoise in garden

by | 21st, August 2012

LOCAL news story of the day: the News & Star tells of Margaret Parker, 67. She spotted a “baby tortoise” in the garden of her home in Upperby, Cumbria. Mrs Parker’s daughter dashed out to buy some supplies. Lorraine Boyes, 47, bought soem vegetables from the Co-op. But the tortoise refused to eat.

So. They called the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Wigton. The wee creature was placed carefully inside a cardboard box he tortoise. Rescue volunteer Pauline Adams soon arrived.  Says Margaret:

“I was worried it might have died. But then the lady from Knoxwood looked at it, picked it up and turned it over. She told me: ‘It’s not dead – it’s made of pot…My daughter was trying to tempt it with the lettuce and the tomato but I did wonder why it wasn’t moving it’s head, and decided it was probably just frightened. At first the woman from Knoxwood didn’t say anything when she saw it. It was about the same weight as a real tortoise, but when she picked it up and looked underneath there was writing on the bottom: Made in China.”

Don’t all pet tortoises have writing on their shells?



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