A red-footed tortoise is back home after being taken from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Lincoln Police Sgt. Jerry Roeder says police were contacted by the zoo on Wednesday with a tip to her whereabouts.
“We received information from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo on Wednesday that they had received a call from an anonymous caller, telling them that a Lincoln resident was in possession of a red-footed tortoise believed to be stolen from the zoo,” Sergeant Roeder says. “The children’s zoo was missing a tortoise by the name of Captain Hook.”
The zoo hadn’t realized Captain Hook been kidnapped last March, but assumed the 25-year old tortoise had just walked off. Captain Hook was located by police and she was then identified by the zoo.
Zoo officials say Captain Hook is worth around $400. The girl had renamed the tortoise “Buddy.”
25-year old Michael Sullivan was arrested for misdemeanor theft. He had allegedly given the tortoise to his girlfriend’s daughter. Captain Hook had lost about 10 percent of her body weight and officials plan to monitor her health in hopes of restoring her to a normal diet and lifestyle.