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Lost poster drawn by 9 year old helped RSPCA officer track down tortoise

Credit: RSPCA

A lost tortoise has reunited with his Suffolk owners thanks to a poster put up by a nine year old girl and the RSCPA.

Chalky, a spur-thighed tortoise had been missing for seven days after escaping from the Harris’ family garden in Rectory Road, Bacton, Suffolk.

But the 60-year-old travelling tortoise hadn’t strayed far, and was found on a road in the village by a local man, who kept him safe while he phoned the RSPCA.

When they came to collect him the RSPCA spotted a missing poster that had been drawn by Ella Harris.

The poster Ella drew up Credit: RSPCA

It was thanks to Ella’s brilliant, creative poster that I noticed it outside the scout hut as I drove through the village, so I stopped to take a look at the details.... I drove straight round the corner to the house listed on the poster to find the Harris family, and was so pleased that it was in fact Chalky.

– RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Nicola Sullivan

It was her idea to draw a lost poster and she spent lots of time getting the picture just right, before we walked around the village pinning them up, hoping they would help Chalky be found. Ella’s job to feed them every day, very sad to see they’ve gone. Her idea to make the poster, spent ages drawing it, pinned them up. We’re so grateful to have Chalky brought back.

– Kate Harris, Chalky’s owner