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Lost: our 3 Red Foot Tortoises. Oviedo, FL

Discussion in 'Lost and Found' started by JBF, May 29, 2018.

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  1. JBF

    JBF Member 5 Year Member

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    Our three red foot tortoises are missing (5/28/18)! Oviedo, Fl. They are 10-12 inches long. One has red on her legs and head, with all black carapace. One has yellow spots on legs and head, with yellow spots and a few white scars on her carapace. The third has red spots on her legs and head, with yellow spots on her carapace. IMG_9710.jpg IMG_9702.jpg IMG_9711.jpg
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    Did someone steal them out of your yard by any chance? Seems weird all three would escape. I’m sure you’re posting flyers locally and on CL but I wouldn’t discount someone you know stealing them.
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    JBF Member 5 Year Member

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    I think they just escaped. We were working on the enclosure wall The other day, and may have loosened it. A 2 1/2 foot section was knocked over. I put up signs and posted on CL and all over local fb. Thank you for your reply. Uggh. I'm so sad!
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    Kapidolo Farms Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Just a thought, but the CRI is there so maybe if someone did find one or more they may end up with the CRI.

    http://chelonianri.org/
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    Post flyers with a reward for each. Kids are out of school and they can help look. Beware of someone returning two or all three, hmmm... Probably still in the neighborhood just well hidden. With all the rain we’ve had, definitely check under flowering hibiscus bushes. The rain makes my RFs more active. Good luck, hope you find them. A fenced pen within a fence is always a good idea.
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    They are attracted to red. The only one I ever had escape was captured again when he tried to break back in to his enclosure to eat some red hibiscus flowers.
    Can you get some and pile them up in the yard?
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    Great advice. We live on about an acre...I put plates of strawberries every 25-50 yards this morning, but no luck. I'll add flowers and cranberry hibiscus leaves. Thank you!
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    Thanks so much. I bet the rain made them frisky. My friends helped put a bunch of flyers up, and we went door to door so people are on the look out. Good idea to have a back up fence!
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    The out of school kids are definitely helpful! It has been big excitement for them around here!
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    Maybe put something big out there that's red to attract them. Like a red bucket, then put some food next to it?
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    They don't know they've escaped anything.
    They're out looking for food. Best of luck.
    As you know, they're most active in the morning and right before dusk. They will be hiding when it's bright out.
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    @Redfool had a great idea
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    Very good thought...and they are less than a Mile from our house. I called, but no answer. I went by and knocked on the door, but ended up just leaving a flyer at the door. I am so sad that I didn't visit this amazing resource, and to meet the irreplaceable Peter Pritchard before dementia took hold of him.
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    Any luck or updates?
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    Did an aerial overview of your neighborhood from your Craig’s list add. What does that farm to your east grow? Anything RFs might eat? Might be worth a search.
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    None have been found yet?
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    That's a great idea!! Thank you.
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    No...they are still missing :( IMG_9728.jpg
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    Sorry they haven't turned up yet. I really hope you find them. Do you think theft was a possibility?
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    I'm starting to wonder:(
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