THE mystery of Twickers the tortoise has been solved.
She was reunited with her owners the Gammond family at Pooh House and Gardens in Fittleworth at the weekend.
They moved to the village last year from Twickenham – hence the name given to the tortoise by Midhurst vets who have been looking after her.
The family forgot to alter the microchip details on their pet and efforts to contact them had failed.
But it turns out Twickers is really Bella and she is delighted to be home.
The mystery began when Mary and Paul Reed found her in the garden of their home Pooh House and Gardens which they open to the public every year in aid of the Chestnut Tree House hospice for children.
At the time Mary joked: “She had obviously heard of Pooh House and Gardens and was making her way here in time for our summer opening.”
Twickers was cared for by trainee veterinary nurse Winnie Whitley at her Cocking home but visited Pooh Gardens for the summer opening. She was the star of an educational event about tortoises highlighting the fact a tortoise can live more than 100 years and ownership is not to be taken lightly.
“We have found tortoises can cover huge distances and climb wire fences which explains how she got in to our top woodland acer garden where she was found by Paul.”