‘Where is you Issy?’ Stevenage family – and their dog – desperate for their lost tortoise to come home

Issy the tortoise is only 15, so could have another 45 years to live if he comes home safe.

Issy the tortoise is only 15, so could have another 45 years to live if he comes home safe. - Credit: Archant

A Stevenage family is making a desperate plea for people to look out for their escaped tortoise, Issy.

Issy sharing a meal with faithful friend Errol

Issy sharing a meal with faithful friend Errol - Credit: Archant

The roaming reptile who goes by the nickname of ‘Hissy Issy’ because of the hissing noises he makes when he gets in a grump, managed to crawl through a gap in a garden gate at his home in Canterbury Way and has been roaming at large for three days.

Sheila Little, who looks after Issy for her daughter, said: “They do become members of your family and it feels like one of our family is missing.

“He is a bit of a grumpy soul but if you persevere with him, he will come out of his shell and let you stroke his head.

“They say they are really slow, but he isn’t.

Errol has been looking for Issy everywhere

Errol has been looking for Issy everywhere - Credit: Archant


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“He goes racing around, he could be miles away by now.”

And Sheila isn’t the only one missing Issy. The family’s cross-breed dog Errol, who often shares meals with his reptilian roommate, has been out and about looking for his friend.

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Sheila says anyone who sees Issy, who is about 8in long, should pick him up and take him indoors so he doesn’t get run over, then call her on 07956637601.

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