Wisconsin Boy Wants His Stolen Tortoise Back

July 5, 2018

A tortoise kept by a 6-year-old boy in Wisconsin Rapids, WI was stolen right out of her enclosure, and the boy and the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department are hoping that the stolen tortoise is returned soon.

ATTENTION FACEBOOK CRIME SOLVERS! The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department needs your help. On June 22nd, “Buddy” the...

Posted by Wisconsin Rapids Police Department on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Buddy, a Russian tortoise (Testudo Agrionemys horsfieldii) had been with her family for eight years, when last week, in broad daylight, the thief pulled Buddy out of her enclosure and took off. 

"Our youngest son Dylan is upset, he was crying every night," Lindsey Runyon told WAOW News 9.

WAOW News 9 says that Dylan just doesn't believe that someone would steal his Buddy. And on top of it all, Dylan just turned 6 years old. "It's my birthday and I want Buddy back," Dylan told WAOW News 9.

Russian Tortoise


Russian tortoises are small chelonians and make great pets.

"If the person doesn’t want to bring her back then we need the help of our Facebook Crime Solvers," the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department wrote on Facebook.

Although Dylan's mother got him a new pet tortoise, it won't replace Buddy. "Bring buddy back," Dylan said.

The family is offering a reward for the tortoise's safe return. 

Russian Tortoise Care Sheet

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Buddy, please call the Wood County Crime Stoppers at  1-877-325-7867 or visit  www.woodcountycrimestoppers.com.

Russian tortoises grow to about 8 to 10 inches and can live for more than 40 years. They are widely captive bred and due to their size, are ideal for those with limited space to keep them.


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