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Posted by W von Papineäu on September 13, 2002 at 14:58:48:
ILFORD RECORDER (UK) 12 September 02 By George! Ton-up tortoise goes on missing list
A hunt is on in Gants Hill for an ageing romantic missing after several weeks on the run.
George the 100-year-old tortoise seized the chance of escaping from his owner’s garden last month and there has been no sign of him since.
Owner Barbara White, of Bramley Crescent, Gants Hill, said a broken latch on her patio gate gave family favourite George and another of her four tortoises the opportunity they needed to escape.
Mrs White said: “I realised the gate was ajar and I went running down the garden. I found one tortoise but I couldn’t find George.
“George must have been faster and escaped.
“My hope is someone has picked him up and given him a home – it’s just not knowing.”
Now the centenarian, who is six to eight inches long with a darkish shell and has a reputation as a lady’s man, is on the run somewhere in the Gants Hill/Valentines Park area.
Anyone with information can contact Mrs White on 020 8554 7379.
Meanwhile, in a similar case, a tortoise, measuring 12 inches long and eight inches across, was found making a run for it along Tudor Crescent in Hainault on August 19.
Resident Elaine Field is looking after the tortoise but is keen to track down its owners.
Anyone missing the tortoise, which has faint white paint on its shell, can contact the Recorder on 020 8557 5761.