Stolen tortoise found safe in park

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A stolen tortoise has been returned to his home after being found in a park.

Red-footed tortoise Huck was taken from Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World in Lasswade last month with staff worried for his health without the special lamps and diet he relies on.

Police Scotland and the Scottish SPCA were involved in the search for the eight-year-old animal who was found by a dog walker in an Edinburgh park.

Animal officer Sarah Auldsmith said: “We’re so pleased to have helped Huck get home.

“The caller noticed him as her dog was found rolling near him so she took him home before giving our animal helpline a call.

“I took him to our centre in Balerno and Diane, the centre manager, recognised him immediately.”

Huck was checked over by a vet and has now been microchipped.

Lyndsey Paget, one of Huck’s keepers, said: “We’re so happy to have Huck back home with us at Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World.

“We really missed him, and so did our visitors. Everyone has been absolutely overjoyed to hear that he is safe and sound.”

Police are still trying to trace who took the tortoise.

Constable Ian Worrall said: “It’s a great relief that Huck has been found and is doing well, however we are still looking to trace those responsible for his theft.

“If anyone can help with this ongoing inquiry then please contact us immediately.”