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article imageMissing tortoise found in elevator at Iowa museum

By Anne Sewell     Apr 5, 2013 in Odd News
Dubuque - An 18-pound African leopard tortoise went missing from the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa. She was found in an elevator a couple of days later.
Going by the name Cashew, the leopard tortoise went missing between Sunday afternoon and Monday night from an exhibit with a 4 foot glass wall.
Officials told the media at the time that the tortoise has special dietary needs, but didn't specify those details in the hopes the thief would return her.
Museum staff believe that the tortoise was stolen in a prank, or to be sold for profit, but that the thief had quietly returned the animal to the building by placing her in the elevator, where she was found on Thursday.
Museum president and CEO Jerry Enzler told KWWL that Cashew, whose identity has been confirmed, is in good health and no worse for wear from the ordeal, but that they will still give her a thorough examination to be sure.
At present museum officials are reviewing surveillance video in an effort to find out exactly what happened and possibly identify a suspect.
So possibly the suspect got nervous due to the media attention about the theft of the tortoise, or maybe Cashew decided to scale the glass wall and go for a stroll?
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