As it turns out, Chalky didn’t make it very far from his house, and as he was wandering along a road he was eventually spotted. The man who found him was concerned about the tortoise being out on his own by the busy road, so he stayed with Chalky and kept him safe while he contacted the RSPCA for help.
Nicola Sullivan, an animal collection officer with the RSPCA, got the call about the tortoise and drove out to collect him. She was planning on bringing him to one of the RSPCA shelters, but on her way to get the tortoise, she spotted one of Ella’s posters and wondered if the tortoise she was on her way to help could be Chalky.
“When I arrived to collect Chalky, the man had taken good care of him, so I drove straight round the corner to the house listed on the poster to find the Harris family, and was so pleased that it was in fact Chalky,” Sullivan said in a press release. “They were very grateful to have him back.”