Plea for safe return of tortoise Tilly

Adam Hill from the family owned Reptile's Haven Pet Store on Alexandra Road, where a dwarf Russian horsefield tortoise was stolen from a vivarium. adam is holding an albino Burmese python.
Adam Hill from the family owned Reptile's Haven Pet Store on Alexandra Road, where a dwarf Russian horsefield tortoise was stolen from a vivarium. adam is holding an albino Burmese python.

A reptile shop owner is appealing for information after his dwarf tortoise was stolen.

The dwarf Russian Horsefield tortoise, named Tilly, worth £120, which has a yellow shell and is smaller than the palm of a hand, was taken from Reptiles Haven on Alexandra Road in Morecambe sometime between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday, April 16.

The four-year-old female was smuggled out of her tank wrapped in a tea towel by two children, shop owner Adam Hill believes.

Adam said: “It’s a big kick in the face. We were a bit busy at the time and the tortoise tank wasn’t locked.

“We get kids in all the time so we didn’t think anything of it. Later on my brother noticed Tilly was missing.

“We are worried for her health because when we got her she wasn’t that healthy.

“Reptiles like this need a UV light which replaces the sun which gives them calcium, and they also need heat. She might die because it’s been two weeks or so now.

“We’ve asked round other pet shops but no-one knows anything.

“A woman had actually bought Tilly but is not able to have her now. However, there was another tortoise which had made friends with Tilly, so she will take that one instead.

“We only opened in December and this is the first theft we have had. It’s just awful, really upsetting.”

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