Ethel went missing last week after she wandered through an open front gate.
Ethel, a 2-year-old sulcata tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) has gone missing from her Fairfield, CA home and her owners are offering $500 for the return of their beloved pet tortoise. The reptile apparently escaped her yard through an open front gate October 25.
"We’ve exhausted ourselves looking for her, but the sad reality we’ve come to accept is that she isn’t coming back to us,” Kasey Kuchinski, Ethel's keeper wrote on Ethel’s Instagram, etheltheglamourtort
"Obviously we are devastated beyond words," Kuchinski wrote. "She was our baby, she was our family, she was so much more than just a pet. She was my joy. Though the wound will heal with time, the scar will always be there. She will never be forgotten. We don’t know what the future looks like, I don’t know what even happens now. I don’t know what I’m going to do with this account. But I cherish everyone of you, and I thank you for loving her as much as we do."
Jadee Rhodes, a follower of Ethel's Instagram page and a volunteer with Western Alliance for Nature, is offering a $500 reward and a care package for anyone who finds Ethel. Rhodes is also a tortoise keeper.
“I have a tortoise of my own, so I can just imagine the pain they’re going through,” Rhodes told the Times-Herald Online. “I wanted to do anything I could to to try and help. It helps to inspire people to search and to get the word out.”
So for those of you in the Eastridge neighborhood of Green Valley near Rockville Hills Regional Park in Fairfield, if you see a tortoise, call Kuchinski at (760) 485-4767 or message her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/etheltheglamourtort/