Appeal to help 'Usain Bolt' find his home

PUBLISHED: 09:36 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 04 July 2013

Rachel Roberts with the tortoise she found

Rachel Roberts with the tortoise she found

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WHY did the tortoise cross the road?

That is the question that has bemused a Hatfield mum – who has now named the runaway Usain Bolt.

She had to slam her brakes on in Green Lanes near Lemsford to avoid running over the fleet-footed reptile, and has been looking after it for nearly a month.

Rachel Roberts, of Broom Close, Hatfield, added that the lovable fugitive seems somewhat shell-shocked, stating: “He just walks around and he seems very depressed.”

The mother-of-two said: “I really want to find the owners because they must be going spare.”

The 42-year-old has contacted the police, but officers say they have not had any reports of the missing animal.

If nobody comes forward, Rachel will look to find him a suitable place to live.

She said: “He is a real character.

“They can live up to 100 so there will need to be someone who can take over when they demise.”

If this tortoise could be yours contact the Welwyn Hatfield Times on 01707 372370.

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