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Author Topic: Should I tell my mum to release tortoise  (Read 104200 times)
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« on: May 28, 2016, 11:24:47 PM »

Basically a tortoise crept into my parents' country house garden last year and my mum has "adopted" it. She leaves appropriate food outside and makes sure there is some water nearby. The garden is 6-7,000 feet big.

Is the animal suffering any distress by being in captivity?

If released, would the animal still be able to survive in the wild?
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2016, 06:06:23 PM »

Basically a tortoise crept into my parents' country house garden last year and my mum has "adopted" it. She leaves appropriate food outside and makes sure there is some water nearby. The garden is 6-7,000 feet big.

Is the animal suffering any distress by being in captivity?

If released, would the animal still be able to survive in the wild?


No, he's/she's probably relieved of a lot of stress, just by being there.  And your mom isn't preventing the tortoise from carrying on as usual, is she?

Maybe get a good vet to stop by and have a look at the situation.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2016, 07:23:03 PM »

No, he's/she's probably relieved of a lot of stress, just by being there.  And your mom isn't preventing the tortoise from carrying on as usual, is she?

Maybe get a good vet to stop by and have a look at the situation.

^ this
They live a long time and know how to adapt. It wouldn't have selected that property if it wasn't a good environment.  I'd be careful of allowing it to become dependent on on humans for anything.  Try and get a picture of it so you have it on your phone in case you're in the area of an expert like a zoo or vet...
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2016, 07:38:29 AM »

^ this
I'd be careful of allowing it to become dependent on on humans for anything


Thank you, this is more my concern, as it may be becoming dependent on humans feeding it and if released back into the wild for whatever reason, the suppression of natural instincts might hinder survival.

Anyway, here's a pic of the critter.



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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2016, 11:23:59 AM »

^ this
They live a long time and know how to adapt. It wouldn't have selected that property if it wasn't a good environment.  I'd be careful of allowing it to become dependent on on humans for anything.  Try and get a picture of it so you have it on your phone in case you're in the area of an expert like a zoo or vet...


Great points, and excellent advice.
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2016, 02:10:08 AM »

Is the tortoise native to the area? That should be a factor as well.
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