Police search for two century-old tortoises feared stolen

First April disappeared from her enclosure in Fife and then Toby vanished two days later.

By Susan Nicholson

Police are searching for two century-old tortoises feared stolen from their home in Fife.

They disappeared from an enclosure in their owner’s garden in Ceres.

April, thought to be around 100-years-old, was taken first on Sunday.

On Tuesday, her companion Toby, who is at least 150-years-old, disappeared from his bed.

“Toby was sleeping in his straw bed and it looks like he’s been lifted out, there was no trail of straw where he’d moved off,” said owner Louise Conacher.

“April does wander a bit, but there’s no way they could have escaped from their enclosure.

“We carried out a thorough search of the garden and the surrounding area and there’s no trace of them.”

Police: Officers are investigating Toby and April's disappearance.

Police Scotland say they’re investigating the thefts and inquiries are ongoing.

Toby was given to Ms Conacher’s parents 40 years ago.

The family found April, who they think had been abandoned, during a family holiday in Speyside more than 30 years ago.

“We can trace Toby’s heritage back to Crail in Fife around 150 years ago,” said Ms Conacher.

“We think April is at least 100 given the size she was when we found her and the length of time we’ve had her.

“I inherited them both a couple of years ago and they need special care and attention.

“I’m really worried about what might be happening to them now.

“An adult tortoise is worth £200 to £300 so I think they’ve been stolen as pets to sell on.

“I just hope they can be found and returned to us.

“If whoever took them can just bring them back and leave them in their enclosure I’d be happy.”

If you have any information, call 101.

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