Huck the tortoise stolen from enclosure found by members of public

Huck the tortoise.

A tortoise has stolen from Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World has been found.

Huck, an eight-year-old red footed tortoise, was taken from his enclosure last month and staff were concerned for his welfare due to the specialist diet and equipment he required.

Inquiries have been continuing in relation to this theft and Huck was subsequently found by members of the public in a grassy area within Muirhouse, Edinburgh, at around 5pm on Thursday.

He was assessed by the SSPCA before being returned to Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.

Officers are continuing with their investigation into Huck’s theft and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Constable Ian Worrall from Dalkeith Police Station said: “It’s a great relief that Huck has been found and is doing well, however we are still looking to trace those responsible for his theft.

“If anyone can help with this ongoing inquiry then please contact us immediately.”

Those with information can contact Dalkeith Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 1883 of the 21st February.

Lyndsey Paget, one of Huck’s keepers, said: “We’re so happy to have Huck back home with us at Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World. We really missed him and so did our visitors. Everyone has been absolutely overjoyed to hear that he is safe and sound.”

Lyndsey Paget, with Huck the tortoise.

The Scottish SPCA was called to collect Huck after he was found abandoned in Muirhouse, Edinburgh, on Friday (09/03/2018). Scottish SPCA centre manager, Diane Aitchison, recognised his markings when she picked him up, having seen the media coverage from when he was stolen. She contacted staff at Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World who were able to identify him through pictures and Huck was collected that afternoon.

Scottish SSPCA animal rescue officer Sarah Auldsmith said, “We’re so pleased to have helped Huck home.”

Huck was seen by a vet soon after he was discovered who found him safe and well and microchipped him. He then had a couple of days rest out of the public eye while he settled down and readjusted to his familiar environment at Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World.

Huck can be visited at Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World every day between 10am and 5pm. For more information, visit or call 0131 663 4932.