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A tortoise from Devon has been found nearly 300 miles from home

A tortoise from Devon has been found 300miles from home Photo: Mid Devon Council

An appeal has gone out to find the owners of a tortoise in Devon - after it travelled nearly 300 miles in the back of a lorry to Norfolk. The tortoise was found at a paper recycling plant under a pile of newspapers which were just about to be pulped. It's thought the animal travelled 270 miles on a lorry after being picked up from a recycling depot in Silverton.

"It would appear that the tortoise must have been hibernating in a black box amongst paper put out for recycling.

"It would have been collected by our recycling team, tipped into a lorry, brought back to the depot and then tipped into a paper bay where it would have stayed for a day or two before being loaded into a lorry.

"Following its big adventure, we are happy to say that the tortoise is alive and very well and currently being cared for by one of the mill workers in King's Lynn."

– Mid Devon Council spokesman