Tortoise believed to have been stolen from Fort Myers nursery
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Riverland Nursery in Fort Myers said its yellow-footed tortoise, Calypso, has gone missing.
The nursery posted on Facebook saying they believe she has been stolen and they have a hunch about who the people were who took her.
The nursery said it has contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
“Calypso has been with us for a long time, and has her very own habitat at Riverland,” the nursery said.
They have had the tortoise for about two years. She was found walking in the middle of the road, and after a few failed attempts to find her owners, Riverland decided to give her a forever home.
The nursery believes she is about 15 years old, and her species is not native to Florida.
“We are very eco-conscious at Riverland, and Calypso was a great example of what happens when pet owners neglect and set free non-native species into our environment. We wanted to give her a forever home, not only so she would be safe and protected, but also because we hate seeing non-native wildlife introduced into our ecosystem,” the nursery said.
If the tortoise is returned, the nursery said it won’t ask questions and won’t press charges.
“There is a possibility she could have somehow crawled away, but this is highly, highly unlikely,” said the nursery. “Her enclosure is secure, there are no breaks or damage to the fence that surrounds her pen, and in the years that she’s been in there she has never broken out.”
“We would just like her returned to her home where she belongs,” wrote Riverland Nursery.
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