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Tortoise on the run: Reptile smashes through brick wall

Runaway reptile: George has been getting stronger as he gets older, says owner Anna Ferguson PICTURES: SWNS

A TOUGH tortoise has run away from home after escaping through the brick wall of his enclosure.

Super-hard George, 13, rammed his way out and fled into the night, leaving his owners shell-shocked.

Break-out: The breached wall

Anna Ferguson, 46, discovered the Hermann’s tortoise had gone missing from his garden shelter when she went to bring him indoors for the night.

She said: ‘He’s smashed through the bottom row of a brick wall to get out.

‘When I inspected the enclosure, I noticed a loose brick revealing a hole. He’s pushed it out. It’s devastating but he is getting stronger as he ages and managed to escape before. Luckily we stopped his first getaway after noticing him on the lawn.’

Mrs Ferguson (pictured, below) has launched a social media campaign to find George, and has had retweets from celebrity chef Nigella Lawson among others. She and husband John, 47, have also offered a £50 reward for the runaway reptile’s return.

Mrs Ferguson, who runs vegan bake sales in her home city of Bath, Somerset, added: ‘I’m so gutted.

‘We keep the garden overgrown for him so he has places to hide.

‘He likes to dig around and quite a lot of the time we’ll say “Where is he?” only to find him hiding in the garden minutes later.

‘George stays in at night because there are predators like a fox and badger. He has a big enclosure inside.

‘I’m worried he could get attacked by a rat if we don’t find him.’

George was bought seven years ago and shares his home with four rescue cats.