Runaway tortoise leads to arrest in Almeria

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PROTECTED: Mora tortoises are classified as in danger of extinction. Photo: Guardia Civil


A RUNAWAY tortoise led to the arrest of a woman for violating the law on protected species.

A Guardia Civil patrol came across the creature wandering down a road near the Retamar entrance roundabout. Neighbours told officers it belonged to a local resident.

It turned out she also kept a second tortoise in her garden, but did not have documentation proving the origin or her legal ownership of either.

Both are Mora tortoises, classified as in danger of extinction.

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