Missing Yukon tortoises returned to their home
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YUKON — A Yukon man is breathing a sigh of relief because five of his six missing tortoises are back home after apparently being taken from his back yard on Thursday.
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"It was great," Terrance Shinn said Tuesday after neighborhood boys found the five tortoises and brought them to him. Two were found at a pond, two in a field and another in the street.
The tortoises were brought back by Jaxen and Jameson Gilmore and their friend, Mat Doak.
"I gave them a big hug and told them they were my heroes," he said.
Shinn had been especially distressed about the disappearance of Hoover, an endangered radiated Madagascar tortoise.
Hoover is usually first in line for a meal of lettuce and apples. He weighs about 15 pounds and his shell measures 14 inches from end to end.
Hoover has a special place in Shinn's heart, he said. "He will come up to you and have you scratch his neck."
But on Thursday, Shinn went out with food and noticed there was no Hoover. Spot, Timmy, Old Yeller and Belle. Another unnamed tortoise was also missing from his backyard collection of 22 tortoises.
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