As anyone with a dog will know, they can sometimes bring you unusual presents; a glove, a shoe, a piece of rubbish… but one man had a bit of a shock when his dog brought him a teeny, tiny tortoise!
The RSPCA was called to the house, in the West Midlands, after the man had safely taken the reptile off his dog.
RSPCA Inspector Dawn Burrell went along to collect the spur thigh tortoise, thought to be about a year old, and took him to a nearby vet that specialises in exotic animals.
“Dogs and cats often bring in random things but I think this man had a bit of a shock when his pet brought in a tiny tortoise!” says Inspector Burrell. “He knocked on his neighbours’ doors to see if anyone was missing a tortoise, but nobody was, so he popped the little reptile in a shoebox and called us.
“The tortoise – now named Terry – is being cared for at the vets’ and is doing well.”
The RSPCA is seeing more and more exotic animals – like tortoises and bearded dragons – being abandoned.
“Exotics need a specific environment, with correct temperatures for the species, to be healthy and a lot of people don’t realise what they are taking on when they buy them. We would like people to research the particular species properly before getting an exotic pet,” adds Inspector Burrell.
If no one comes forward to claim little Terry, a member of staff at the vets’ has already offered him a home.