Tortellini, a 70-year-old tortoise, went missing from his home last Thursday, but is safely back with his owners.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Liz Kennedy
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
It's not everyday a tortoise goes missing from its home – a 70-year-old, 155-pound tortoise, that is. But that's exactly what happened to a beloved family pet named Tortellini, an African Sulcata tortoise, owned by Elexis Hays and her family. On Thursday night (Aug. 16) Tortellini wandered off from the wildlife rehabilitation farm he calls home located in the Matt Highway area of northwest Forsyth County. The good news is that the giant tortoise was spotted in a neighborhood near the Hays' farm and was returned safely on Sunday afternoon. "I'm not a sissy girl, but I cried like a big ol' baby when I got him back," said Hays. She and her family have been rescuing wildlife creatures like fawns, deer, opossums, groundhogs and squirrels, and …
Zoo Atlanta's ZooMobile came to the Alpharetta library branch to give kids a closeup look at animals native to Georgia on Wednesday, June 20.
Kids got a closeup look at animals native to Georgia, as the ZooMobile made its way to the Alpharetta library on Wednesday, June 20. In two 45-minute lessons, Zoo Atlanta taught children about animal habitats while showing them a box turtle, American alligator and Eastern cottontail rabbit. “We’re trying to teach kids to appreciate the animals in their backyard,” Natalie Woodall, an education instructor with Zoo Atlanta, told Patch. Alex the turtle is native to the Piedmont region, with its rolling hills and slow-moving waters, Woodall told a group of about 20 kids and their parents in the first session, as she held up the turtle. “What other animals do you guys see in your backyard?” she asked. They responded: Foxes, coyotes and bunnies. …