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Runaway tortoise loses injured foot in operation

'He’s able to walk again and his injury doesn’t seem to be bothering him at all'

24 September, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

Harvey hurt his leg during his disapperance

A TORTOISE who disappeared in West Hampstead is back home but has lost a foot due to his midsadventures.

Harvey (pictured) went missing in the first week of September prompting his family to post “lost tortoise” signs on lamp posts and appeal for help through social media and the New Journal.

Last weekend, he was finally found by a neighbour who discovered him in their garden. It is not the first time the “agile” creature has gone astray; in 2017 Harvey had squeezed through a crack in the back wall of his owner’s property in Canfield Gardens, before being found after a search.

Harvey’s owner, who did not want to be named, said: “I was in my garden on Saturday morning and heard our neighbour’s boy call to his mother, ‘there’s a turtle in the garden’, which turned out to be Harvey. Sadly, he had sustained an injury so was hospitalised at the Royal Veterinary Hospital immediately and had surgery on Monday.

“Unfortunately he lost a foot, so now he has a stump which doesn’t look very attractive I’m afraid. He’s able to walk again, however, and his injury doesn’t seem to be bothering him at all.”

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