Runaway tortoise ‘Mr T’ spotted bombing through Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 11:07 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:12 22 June 2017
An “adventurous” runaway tortoise left his owners shell-shocked after he went on a Finding Nemo-esque trip through Welwyn Garden City.
Dawn Stubbings’ tortoise, named ‘Mr T’, had been temporarily staying at her mother-in-law’s house in Lords Wood, before he hatched a plan to bust out of his enclosure.
Analysing the break-out, Dawn explained that after getting out of his vivarium, the runaway reptile had made his way through the house, went out of the back door and slipped under the back gate.
Dawn was eventually informed of Mr T’s antics 24 hours later, and faced a tortuous wait to discover his fate.
She said: “I was devastated, I’ve had him since he was the size of a 50p and I feared he would be run over on one of the roads, especially as he had been missing for 24 hours.”
However, a Facebook appeal led to the pair eventually being reunited, as Mr T was spotted throwing caution to the wind crossing Sylvan Way near Moneyhole Lane Park – around half-a-mile away.
“He is definitely an adventurer my tortoise,” Dawn added. “Mr T is a character and a half. Very mischievous and feisty.”