n July 17, the New York Post reported that a 100-year-old, nearly 100-pound African spurred tortoise named Millennium was kidnapped from the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, New York.
This case of the stolen tortoise is more than a seemingly random crime; it’s a community tragedy. Millennium was often a star participant of birthday parties and school events around the area kids loved him, and now he’s gone.
Tortoise shell? More like tortoise hell.
The NYC mayor’s office tweeted this plea to help authorities bring Millennium home.
The staff at the environmental center first noticed the tortoise was missing on Monday, July 17 around 4:15 in the afternoon.
Does this mean that tortoise thieves somehow snuck the mammoth reptile out of the zoo in the middle of the day?
Authorities believe he was either stolen earlier that day or over the weekend.
Millennium’s pen appeared to be forced open. Why would anyone go through the massive effort to steal this tortoise?
(To be clear,the tortoise in the above picture isn’t Millennium.We couldn’t snap a pic; he waskidnapped.)
This tortoise isn’t Millennium either, but he is distressed to learn his friend is missing.
According to the New York Post, Millennium could be worth a pretty penny upwards of $2,500 on the black market.
Needless to say, kids who loved Millennium are devastated by the kidnapping.
I am mad and sad, 8-year-old Ethan Lai told the New York Post. Someone stole him. Thats wrong. Bring him back. He is my friend!
Right you are, Ethan. Right you are.
If you’re reading this, tortoise swipers, this fellow prehistoric beast is staring deep into your souls, and he wants you to return Millennium.
Authorities have found footprints leading from a hole in his fence to Northern Boulevard. There are no tortoise prints, though, which suggests that he was carried off. Also, tortoises are notoriously slow-moving, so he probably wasn’t counted on to run.
The investigation is ongoing, and police are checking security footage from around the enclosure to see if they can find any leads.
But I have a suspect in mind…
Remember that episode of Hey Arnold! where Arnold and his Grandma spring Lockjaw the ancient tortoise from his sad aquarium life?
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