Fittleworth’s mystery tortoise

Far from home - Trainee veterinary nurse Winnie Whitley with the micro chipped tortoise.'''Picture by Louise Adams C131064-2
Far from home - Trainee veterinary nurse Winnie Whitley with the micro chipped tortoise.'''Picture by Louise Adams C131064-2

MIDHURST vets are hoping there is someone out there who can help them solve the mystery of Twickers the tortoise.

She was found by Mary and Paul Reed in the garden of their home, Pooh House and Gardens, at Fittleworth, which they open to the public every year in aid of the Chestnut Tree House hospice for children.

Mary contacted the Springfield Veterinary Surgery where it was discovered from a microchip that Twickers was 11 years old and lived in Twickenham.

“She had obviously heard of Pooh House and Gardens and was making her way here in time for our summer opening,” joked Mary.

The tortoise is now being cared for by trainee veterinary nurse Winnie Whitley at her Cocking home where she already has three other pet tortoises.

“We are trying to reunite her with her owners,” she said, “but they have either moved or are on holiday and we have not been able to contact them.”

It’s possible they moved to somewhere near Fittleworth and forgot to change her details or perhaps she was stolen but there is no way she made her own way here from Twickenham!

“She has obviously been well cared for and is in good condition,” said Winnie,

“So I think the owners must be looking for her and I hope we can make contact with them.”

Anyone who can help Twickers should contact the Springfield Surgery on 01730 816833.