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Friday, March 25, 2011

First things first. Readers will be glad to know that all four tortoises survived hibernation and are tucking in to their favourite delicacy - iceberg lettuce. A few years ago I thought about giving them away, but while trying to find a good home for them I fell foul of the law. Tortoises are an endangered species and are protected by CITES (The Committee against the Trade in Endangered Species, or similar.) Any form of trade with them, including giving them away, violates the law and risks an early morning visit from the chelonian police. I have resisted using this knowledge in a story but I do mention somewhere that there has been a spate of tortoise rustling in Heckley. (They are quite valuable, and it happens.)