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[August 17, 2019]
- Earlier this week the staff at the Lincoln Public Library had a
surprise guest. A tortoise that they would later learn is a female
named "Rick" was found attempting to cross the road, heading for the
library. A concerned citizen brought Rick into the library and the
librarians cared for her.
A similar situation happened in the past to at
least one of the librarians who took the turtle home, fed it greens,
gave it water, and then released it in a nice wooded area where it
could make a new home.
The initial plan was to do the same with Rick.
However, over the evening hours, one of the staff at the library was
perusing her social media pages and found a tortoise that looked a
lot like Rick. The post said that the tortoise was a beloved pet
that somehow had slipped away unnoticed for a little unauthorized
The next morning, the library staff notified the owner and suggested
that perhaps the tortoise the owners were looking for and the one
they were caring for was one in the same.
Soon after, Rick, discovered to be a girl four years after she was
named, and her owner Taylor were re-united at the library. Taylor
said he and wife Devan had searched the neighborhood after they
realized Rick was missing and had been very upset when they could
find no trace of their pet.
They posted a notice on social media with the hopes that someone had
found and was caring for Rick and would return her to them safe and
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And that is just what happened. The librarians were happy to have
been involved in rescuing Rick and returning her to her "parents." Taylor and
Devan were thrilled to have her back.
Rick, by the way is still a baby. Taylor and Devan had owned Rick for four
years. She is a Spur Tortoise, native to Africa. She is a tortoise, not a
turtle. The difference being that turtles are water reptiles that live in wet
habitat areas, while a tortoise is a dry-land reptile.
When fully grown, Rick has the potential to weight more than 100 pounds.
[Nila Smith with photos and
information provided by Richard Sumrall]