While paint may seem harmless, it can block tortoises and turtles from getting much-needed UV rays from the sun and makes them a glaring target for predators in the wild. The fumes from paint can also affect their respiratory systems, and chemicals can enter their bloodstreams through their shells.
It's still unclear who did this, or why.
Luckily for the tortoise, someone saw her plight and reported it. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist responded to the call and the tortoise was taken in by the wildlife hospital for treatment. Sadly, Fitzgerald noted that this wasn't the first time the hospital had seen a turtle or tortoise covered in paint.