Several Aldabras Have been Found Dead In A Forest In The UK

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Yes I’m so sad to hear about it. I echo the comments on here. No excuse for such cruelty 🤬 A zoo or sanctuary somewhere would have helped I’m sure. Unfortunately animal crime doesn’t carry the sentences it deserves.
It does where I live. Animal cruelty is a class 5 felony
 

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Yes I’m so sad to hear about it. I echo the comments on here. No excuse for such cruelty 🤬 A zoo or sanctuary somewhere would have helped I’m sure. Unfortunately animal crime doesn’t carry the sentences it deserves.
I know my vets would have helped.

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It is illegal to import tortoises in this country now. I can't stand to think that here doing my best for Jacky and there are people like this.

Natrah
I'm in Canada, you can't border cross with any turtles or tortoises,,unless you have a permit that's your pet, even some province's are restricted
 

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I really think it had to be smuggling because they were healthy before. That I'm not sure of but still if their shells were healthy and nice... Then someone that knew what they're doing had them before. Those type of people wouldn't just let them loose. I guess that's just my opinion..
 

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Awful hard to smuggle such large tortoises.
I think someone got overwhelmed and couldn't care for them any more. I don't know how easy it would be in the UK to sell so many large tortoises.
 

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Awful hard to smuggle such large tortoises.
I think someone got overwhelmed and couldn't care for them any more. I don't know how easy it would be in the UK to sell so many large tortoises.
The pictures of them showed tortoises that hadn't received the best car.
 

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The pictures of them showed tortoises that hadn't received the best car.
The only picture I seen were of three dead ones. Except for something white or sandy on them and pyramided, they didn't look all that bad. Not what I would have expected for someone possibly dumping them. Even the pyramiding wasn't as bad as some I've seen, even on here. Hard to tell by the pics how skinny they might have been.
 

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I'm just heartbroken to hear about this. I do agree that we need to reconsider our animal abuse penalties in many locations; I think it would show that animals should be viewed in higher regard. It's unfortunate that so many people look the other way when it comes to the suffering of animals. I like to think of us all as distant cousins; it helps me to respect everything from fungi to whales. (And yes, I give trees the occasional hug. They've never said they disliked it.) 🌱
 

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This is heartbreaking! I am so sad and angry for those poor torts, they are such beautiful, gentle creatures.
There is no excuse for this - if he couldn't cope with them anymore there are plenty of animal rescues, safari parks and zoos in the UK who would have helped, or if all else failed he could have had them humanely euthanised. rather than let them starve or freeze to death.
The man should be locked up, but if past animal cruelty cases in the UK are anything to go by I bet he just gets a ban from keeping them again.
 

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It is such a sad story and with the freezing cold UK temps they have no hope of survival. There appears to be.....Two more dead tortoises have been found by police investigating the deaths of several giant tortoises in woodland.

In another article today we has an alligator snapping turtle found in Cumbria in the North. Its been called
fluffy and was taken to a vet who is keeping it safe to give to a zoo or a private owner.
What is wrong with people?:
We have a few turtles that have been released into our local canal which will probably end up being caught and euthanised rather than rehomed which is a great shame.
 

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Awful hard to smuggle such large tortoises.
I think someone got overwhelmed and couldn't care for them any more. I don't know how easy it would be in the UK to sell so many large tortoises.
I agree.
I don't think there would be a market for them to sell on such large torts in the UK.
Having said that there's always people who would think it was cool to own one - until the novelty wears off and reality of care kicks in.

My leopard was found in a field and the fact no one claimed him when he was advertised as found makes me (and my vet) think he was dumped too. Thank goodness my colleague found him.
 

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I agree.
I don't think there would be a market for them to sell on such large torts in the UK.
Having said that there's always people who would think it was cool to own one - until the novelty wears off and reality of care kicks in.

My leopard was found in a field and the fact no one claimed him when he was advertised as found makes me (and my vet) think he was dumped too. Thank goodness my colleague found him.
Sadly with your leopard, they are easy to find homes for. Selling them, they go fast, in the US at least. Just lazy no good owners to let any "domesticated" animal go but to do it to one that has no chance of surviving is just plain monster not human.
I agree, yours and these poor Aldabras were likely let go to survive/die.
 

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Good evening everyone!

I've just heard that a 56 year old man has appeared in court and been charged with providing inadequate care for Aldabra Tortoises and dumping their bodies in a National Trust area.

Natrah
 

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Good evening everyone!

I've just heard that a 56 year old man has appeared in court and been charged with providing inadequate care for Aldabra Tortoises and dumping their bodies in a National Trust area.

Natrah
Dear Sue (@MoggyMad), Angie (@zolasmum) and Cathie,

They say that the poor Aldabras had inadequate heating so they must have frozen to death.

Natrah
 

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Yes saw this on the news. I’m glad they’ve found the person responsible & I hope he gets his just desserts..
poor creatures 😥
Good morning everyone!

I can't stop thinking about them because not only were they allowed to die they were thrown out like trash. I'm sure a wildlife centre would have loved to have taken them in.

Natrah
 

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Good evening everyone (@wellington, @Tim Carlisle, @MoggyMad),

Angie has updated me about the seven Aldabras and it seems that their owner didn't check on them over Xmas and their heating broke down. All the remaining tortoises were taken away and their owner has been banned from keeping tortoises for ten years, he was also fined and told to do unpaid community work.

Natrah
 

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Oh man. . . I asked my friend, Google about, "Man in UK banned from keeping tortoises for 10 years." . . . and several articles about the event came up.
 
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