Saturday 21 October 2017

Lovesick tortoise Bobby escapes garden and travels 20 miles in search of female company

Bobby, a 37-year-old Hermann's Tortoise Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
Bobby, a 37-year-old Hermann's Tortoise Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
Debbie Acton, 42, of Barnacle in Warwickshire, with her tortoise Bobby, a 37-year-old Hermann's Tortoise. Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
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The owners of a lonesome tortoise that escaped the back garden and travelled more than 20 miles in search of female company have set him up on a blind date to stop him fleeing for a third time.

Bobby, a Hermann tortoise, has escaped his garden twice throughout the last two weeks in search of love despite never having shown an interest in females in his entire life.

Last week tortoise Bobby (37) was discovered chopping on vegetation more than 20 miles away from his home in Warwickshire, UK.

Debbie Acton (42) who has owned Bobby since she was five years old told The Telegraph: "It is the time of year for mating, so we're thinking he might have gone to look for a lady friend."

"He was found in an allotment, across some open fields, at the bottom of someone's vegetable patch chomping his way through that," said Debbie.

Frisky Bobby has also been mounting the shoes of passers-by, behaviour which he has never before exhibited.

Debbie Acton, 42, of Barnacle in Warwickshire, with her tortoise Bobby, a 37-year-old Hermann's Tortoise. Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
Debbie Acton, 42, of Barnacle in Warwickshire, with her tortoise Bobby, a 37-year-old Hermann's Tortoise. Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
Bobby, a 37-year-old Hermann's Tortoise Richard Vernalls/PA Wire

The family are now keen to find some female attention for Bobby closer to home to avoid any more of his dangerous escapades.

"He's been unsuccessful in love," said Debbie.

"But I've managed to find him a lady-friend on Facebook, who is owned by a woman over in the next village. So, once he's finished being grounded, I will take him around there for a blind date."

Debbie revealed that Bobby’s recent adventures has opened her eyes to the facilities and groups available to other tortoise owners in her local area.

"I didn't even know there were Facebook groups for tortoise owners, but there's loads out there. I've had people sending me pics of tortoises from miles away, asking if they were mine - Dover was one I got sent. But I've met lots of new friends in the tortoise world."

She added: "Someone sent me a link to a GPS tracker which you can fit on to him, and then monitor through your mobile phone, so I might do that."

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