Runaway tortoise leads to arrest in Almeria

PROTECTED: Mora tortoises are classified as in danger of extinction. Photo: Guardia Civil

A RUNAWAY tortoise led to the arrest of a woman for violating the law on protected species.

A Guardia Civil patrol came across the creature wandering down a road near the Retamar entrance roundabout. Neighbours told officers it belonged to a local resident.

It turned out she also kept a second tortoise in her garden, but did not have documentation proving the origin or her legal ownership of either.

Both are Mora tortoises, classified as in danger of extinction.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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