Who the shell do I belong to?

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AN ARBROATH tortoise is thought to have wandered over 70 miles after he was found in Stirling.

A male Hermanns tortoise, nicknamed Noddy by rescuers, was spotted on Main Road, St Ninians in Stirling, an incredible 72 miles from home. At an average of .13 mph the trip would take at least 23 days non-stop.

Charlotte Leask (23) saw Noddy (pictured) from her window on Saturday. She said: “I noticed the traffic had stopped and drivers had put on their hazard lights. Then I saw there was this little thing walking up the middle of the road. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realised it was a tortoise.”

Charlotte discovered an identification tag glued to his shell with an Arbroath number, but when she called it she discovered the line had been deactivated. Noddy was then handed over to the SSPCA who are attempting to trace his owner, or failing that, find him a new home.

A spokeswoman for the SSPCA said: “Obviously, this tortoise once lived in Arbroath, and we can’t say for certain that he crawled all the way to Stirling, but it’s certainly not impossible. His shell is weathered and he has obviously been out of doors and on his own for a long time. It would be an incredible journey for a tortoise, but stranger things have happened.”

If you recognise Noddy, call the SSPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.