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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Shell shock as Herman makes surprise return

AN overjoyed Mirehouse family has been reunited with their pet tortoise – nine days after he went missing – after he was identified by his address nail-varnished on his shell!

Owners Emma and Michael Brookes discovered their nine-inch long tortoise Herman had escaped from their garden on Lingmell Close on July 10.

Following his disappearance, the devastated family put up posters and notes in nearby shops and Wilkinson in Whitehaven offering a reward to anyone who found their pet.

The couple and their two sons, Leejay and Ben, were delighted when nine days later a kind-hearted stranger brought their pet home, although she did not wish to give her name to the family or be rewarded.

Emma said: “I just want to say a big thank-you to whoever it was who brought him home. I’m just so grateful. I couldn’t believe it when we got him back. We thought we were never going to see him again.”

The mystery woman told Leejay, 16, that she had spotted Herman further up the road and took it back to the family as their address was painted on the tortoise in pink nail varnish.

Emma says she doesn’t know what Herman got up to while he was on the run. The family had searched for him along their cul-de-sac for more than a week and had not spotted him at all.

“We’d had him outside because it was nice and warm. It was a good job that it stayed warm while he was missing,” said Emma.

Since his return, Herman has been given him some tender-loving care by the family.

Herman is not the only animal to have gone on the run in the past week. Last Wednesday morning, two porcupines, a father and son, escaped from Wetheriggs Animal Rescue and Conservation Centre at Clifton Dykes, Penrith. The elder animal was found at Cliburn Moss later that day. The youngster has also been found and the animal centre staff are trying to coax him back into his enclosure.

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