Missing tortoise picked up by girls, re-released in woods

Posted at 11:46 AM, Jun 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-08 11:46:17-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - An update to the search for a  missing Grand Rapids tortoise.

Frank the tortoise, from Facebook

Frank, an approximately 12-year-old tortoise escaped the yard of Bradley Clark sometime between 11am and noon Sunday in the area of Four Mile Road and College NE.

Clark has had Frank since he was hatched a dozen years ago, and told FOX 17 about getting his tortoise, which can live up to 120 years.

"That's why I got a tortoise, because I didn't want to deal with losing an animal," said Clark, in regards to the sadness he's experienced with other pets' deaths.

Frank is a Spurred Sulcata Tortoise, an African breed of tortoise that prefers dry land to water.

Clark has learned that two teen girls picked up Frank and after speaking with a veterinarian, released Frank in the woods near Knapp and East Beltline.  Clark is now actively searching that area, but welcomes help.  He is also offering a $100 reward for recovery of Frank.  Clark says if you come across Frank, throw a blanket over him, that will freeze the tortoise until he can take him home.

You can contact Clark through his Facebook page.

For more about Frank, click here.

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