Although
Philbert was a full-grown tortoise in her 30s, she was being kept in a tiny
enclosure at an elementary school in New Jersey and was serving as the “school
pet.”

While
even tiny turtles deserve
better than a tank
, Philbert’s life was just
a shell of the one she ought to have had. A substitute teacher got wind of the
fact that the school was looking for a new home for the tortoise, and she
called PETA to ask if we could help. 

A
wonderful sanctuary, Wildlife
Rescue Rehabilitation
in San Antonio, was
happy to accept the ravishing reptile. And as luck would have it, a reliable
activist in Philbert’s area was already going to be making the drive to San
Antonio and agreed to a reptilian road trip.

Now,
in place of her tank, Philbert has woods, grassland, and a pond to traverse and
explore. And in place of hundreds of children handling her, she has the
companionship of a male tortoise who has taken quite a shine to her. Tortoises
are natural plant lovers, and for Philbert, everything is coming up roses.

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Article source: PETA Files

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