Missing tortoise reunited with Miami owners

MIAMI (WSVN) - A tortoise who pulled off a disappearing act at his Miami home was reunited with his relieved owners, Saturday.

Warrell and Pammy Wauchope thought their pet was gone for good — stolen, even — and they thought the worst. “Apparently he’s a delicacy, so we were worried that he might be someone’s meal,” said Warrell.

Sebastian, a 6-year-old cicada tortoise, wandered out of an improperly shut gate at the family’s Miami home, Thursday.

He ended up far, far away from home.

Thankfully, a good Samaritan stepped in, taking Sebastian to a place he thought could care for him properly: the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station.

Pammy gave his precious pet a mild scolding. “It’s our poo! It’s our poo! You naughty boy. He went for an adventure!” he said.

The Wauchopes are thrilled to get their baby back, even if he’s a little harder to get around these days. “When we first got him, he was a lot easier to carry,” said Pammy.

Thanks to the kindness of a stranger who was caught in a picture getting Sebastian to safety, this slowpoke has the family ready to kick up their feet.

7News cameras captured the Wauchopes as they hoisted their tortoise onto their SUV. “You are heavy,” said Pammy.

The family thanked the good Samaritan and social media for this happy ending. They said Sebastian is healthy and glad to be back home.

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