Thelma the tortoise stolen from South Yorkshire farm’s spring fair

Thelma the Russian Tortoise has been stolen from Aston Springs Farm in Rotherham
Thelma the Russian Tortoise has been stolen from Aston Springs Farm in Rotherham
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A tortoise has been left heartbroken after her companion was stolen from a South Yorkshire farm’s spring fair.

Daphne the tortoise is pining for her companion, Thelma, after she was swiped at the Aston Springs Farm fair on Easter Monday.

Thelma the Russian Tortoise has been stolen from Aston Springs Farm in Rotherham

Thelma the Russian Tortoise has been stolen from Aston Springs Farm in Rotherham

Thelma, a six-year-old Russian tortoise, had been keeping warm under the heat lamps in her pen when the thief is thought to have struck.

Emily Swain, who runs the farm in Aston, Rotherham, with her sister, Sam, said: “It was about 3pm when one of the staff went in and she was missing - she wasn’t there.

“We turned the whole place upside down to see if someone had dropped her but we can’t find her. She doesn’t go very fast so she couldn’t have gone too far.

“The sides are quite high so she wouldn’t have been able to climb out by herself.

“It will have been someone picking her up. Someone must have taken her.”

Emily said Daphne has been suffering since the loss of her sister.

“Daphne isn’t very happy - she was frantically searching for her, she is pining terribly,” said Emily.

“We want to find her friend. It’s not very nice.”

She added: “If someone has taken her, whoever has got her needs to know about tortoises. They have a specific diet, you can’t just feed them anything and they need to be kept warm.

“We are really worried about her.”

Anybody with information about Thelma’s whereabouts is urged to call the farm on 0114 287 6699 or email info@astonspringsfarm.co.uk