Being that Humpty was in good health aside from the injury, DeSousa is confident he was someone’s pet. One person reached out to claim him after seeing local news coverage of the rescue, but after learning that the cost of the surgery would be nearly $4,000, they did not follow through. It’s unknown whether this person was actually Humpty’s owner.
Humpty is an African spurred tortoise, or sulcata tortoise, which is the third-largest species of tortoise in the world. They can weigh up to 200 pounds as adults and live more than 70 years.
Unfortunately, they’re a common breed in the exotic pet industry, and are often abandoned once they grow too large for their owners to properly house and care for.