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Georgetown, SC - A Georgetown tortoise makes a safe return home after mysteriously disappearing two months ago, but that's only half the story.
It's a sixty pound African tortoise. Victoria is the name and this is home, The South Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Sanctuary in Georgetown. But, during a tour in mid-February, Cindy Hedrick discovered Victoria was gone.
"I was more concerned than anything if they didn't know how to take care of her, it could kill her," said Cindy Hedrick, co-owner of SC CARES.
Hedrick believes someone grabbed the tortoise in the middle of night. They searched for weeks, putting up flyers, hoping for a safe return. Last Friday, Cindy pulled in the driveway and noticed her husband Skip standing in the yard with a look of disbelief.
"He couldn't get his breath he said stop the car and get out, and then he pointed in the yard and there she was," said Hedrick.
Victoria home safe and sound, but here is the twist, Cindy picked up on some promiscuous behavior from the tortoise, and it turns out Victoria is no lady at all.
"She's is a he," said Hedrick.
That discovery led to a name change. The theory surrounding Victoria's or Vic's mysterious disappearance is a female tortoise can go for as much as 2500 dollars to someone looking to breed them.
"Now we know that she is a male, that maybe why they brought her back," said Hedrick.
Hedrick says figuring out the sex of a tortoise is not easy, the reproductive organs are internal so peeking under the shell wont do much good. Boy or Girl, Hedrick just happy to have Vic back.