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Runaway tortoise reunited with owner in Beckenham

PUBLISHED: 11:24 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:24 20 July 2018

Rossi esceped from his garden and went missing. Picture: Bromley Council

Rossi esceped from his garden and went missing. Picture: Bromley Council

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A tortoise has been reunited with his owner after it was found wandering along Eden Park Avenue in Beckenham.

Rossie, the 10 year-old male Hermann tortoise, was spotted last week by an off duty officer who works for Bromley Council’s parks and open spaces contractor, Idverde.

Rossi was distinctively marked with the number 46 - his owner’s tribute to the world champion grand prix motorcycle rider, Valentino Rossi.

After investigations locally and on social media, the travelling tortoise was finally reunited with his owner Tony Lock who lives nearby.

Cllr William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for environment and community services, said: “It’s great news that our detective work has paid off.

“We are very aware that pets are members of the family too, and how devastating it is if they go missing.

“Any help we can give is worth it, which is why we also try to offer some sort of closure to the owners of deceased, un-microchipped cats our street cleaners occasionally find.”

“Rossi escaped from the garden and was legging it along the main road - anything could have happened,” said Rossie’s owner Tony, who is now considering getting Rossi microchipped.

“In a way, Valentino Rossi helped reunite him with me because the ‘46’ transfer on Rossi’s shell, the number of the motorcycle Valentino rides, helped identify him.

“I’m so glad he was rescued and I can’t thank everyone enough for looking after him and helping me find him.”

Thankfully this incident had a happy ending, but if pets are microchipped it makes identification and contact with their owners much easier and quicker.

Cat owners can check www.bromley.gov.uk/deadcatscollected if their beloved pet is not microchipped and it goes missing, to see if the council has found them.

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