Two 70 Pound Tortoises Missing

Two tortoises are missing from the Cape Fear Serpentarium in Wilmington, each weighing at least 70 pounds.

Owner Dean Ripa said someone took the reptiles about three weeks ago. He is puzzled by the disappearance since the tortoises are so large, citing that something that big is not easy to sell or ship.

If the thief is keeping the tortoises inside, Ripa said the reptiles are likely tearing up someone's home. The tortoises are powerful enough to walk through a wall.

The tortoises were donated to the serpentarium to be used as part of an exhibit when school groups visit.


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  • by Hu on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    Someone took them three weeks ago? Then what's the point of reporting this now? They're long gone by now if someone transported them. "Big enough to walk through walls", sure...
  • by PlymouthGirl on Jul 19, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    Jeff didn't do it!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    It is unlikely that they made a fast get away.
  • by OBX Location: OBX on Jul 19, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    To Bob: LOL Love it!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    Turdle soup?
  • by Brandon Location: Kinston on Jul 19, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    Turtle soup tonight!
  • by bob Location: obx on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    i heard they where seen snacking on piping plover eggs
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM in reply to bob
      You were probably attempting a lame joke but... tortoises are herbivorous.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to
        I thought it was a pretty good joke, the only lame thing here is YOUR comment
  • by Whitney Location: New Bern on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    WITN, why are we just hearing about this? They were stolen three weeks ago? Where is the rest of the story? Do they have a suspect? How did they steal the animals? It would be nice to get the whole story!
  • by Ted Location: Jacksonville on Jul 19, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    Better check with the turtle crowd at Topsail beach . They might have them in a tub healing them.
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