Buggsy the tortoise found stuck in fence after five-month search

A missing tortoise was returned to his family after getting trapped in a wire fence – for five months.

Buggsy is nursed back to health by Mae CameronRecovering: Buggsy is nursed back to health by Mae Cameron, seven (Picture: SWNS)

Buggsy was found stuck fast in a field a quarter of a mile from his home after his owners had given up hope of seeing him again.

‘He was spotted in the fence by a neighbour and we think he was there for most of the time he was missing,’ said Lucy Cameron, 43. ‘He had rust on his shell and was underweight.

‘If he had not been stuck he would have dug into the ground to hibernate in September.

‘It’s lucky we had a mild winter up to that point as I think he would have died during this cold patch.

‘Tortoises can survive a long time without eating, especially if the weather is mild, because it helps to slow their metabolism right down. He was really undernourished when he was brought home.

Buggsy has been put under heat lamps at his hutch in West Wickham, Cambridgeshire, and is eating his way back to health.

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/889825-buggsy-the-tortoise-found-stuck-in-fence-after-five-month-search#ixzz1n98KYP30

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Tortoise vs grape as Tiny Tim comes out of his shell

A tortoise the size of a grape is enjoying life in the slow lane after becoming the newest, and smallest, addition to a zoo.

Tortoise Vs Grape As Tiny Tim Comes Out of His Shell

Tortoise Vs Grape As Tiny Tim Comes Out of His Shell

Tiny Tim, an Egyptian tortoise, tipped the scales at just 6g when he hatched a month ago. Today he is just 5cm long, but is expected to grow to 500g over the next ten years.

The hatchling is part of a small litter of tortoises who were saved from the illegal pet trade after being seized by HM Customs and Excise last year.

Tiny Tim and his five pocket-sized siblings have found a home at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, where they can be seen taking slow jaunts around their specially designed miniature home.

Zoo keeper Trevor Moxey, who looks after them at the zoo’s Discovery Centre, said: “Tim is one of our smallest, new additions this spring at Whipsnade. We’re very glad to offer him a safe home and he can stay here for the foreseeable future.

‘He is part of an important breeding programme.’

The tortoise breeding programme is part of a Europe-wide initiative to help increase the numbers of the critically endangered Egyptian tortoises.

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/860569-cute-alert-tortoise-vs-grape-as-tiny-tim-comes-out-of-his-shell#ixzz1n96CGzqA

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Chinese tortoise born with two heads

A slip of nature has resulted in the birth of a two-headed tortoise at a wildlife park in China.

Tortoise born with two heads

Tortoise born with two heads

The tiny reptile has really come out of his shell, popping out not one but two fully functional heads.

Born at Xiaoyaojin wildlife park in Hefeia, southern China, it is the result of a slip of nature when a pair of twins started to separate and then abruptly stopped.

‘Both heads operate completely independently of each other and they eat separately and seem very happy with the way they are,’ said one keeper.

‘The only problem comes when one head wants to go one way and the other wants to go somewhere else,’ they explained.

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/846619-tortoise-born-with-two-heads#ixzz1n90nYBsJ

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