THREE tortoises had been noticed roaming the streets of Sangonera le Seca, Murcia on Wednesday July 13.
Murcia police mentioned the tortoises had been seemingly been deserted by their proprietor.
They’re from the Greek tortoise species, often known as spur-thighed tortoises, which designated an endangered species in Spain.
A legislation handed in 2015 outlawed proudly owning such a breed of tortoise as a result of their plummeting numbers, with anybody discovered to be retaining them as pets liable to obtain a hefty advantageous.
Murcia police mentioned: “The Ecological Patrol recovereda 3 grownup tortoise specimens that had been deserted. We verified that they’re spur-thighed tortoises, a protected species.”
After their discovery, the reptiles had been transferred to the El Valle Restoration Heart the place they’re being taken care of.
Fortunately, it seems all three are in good well being and it’s not thought that they had been on the unfastened for lengthy.
The Greek tortoise is usually illegally traded as a pet in Morocco and Spain.
Typically whereas ready to be purchased, the animals are usually not correctly housed and taken care of, inflicting a excessive price of mortality in captivity.