The Nature Protection Service of the Guardia Civil (SEPRONA) has recovered a tortoise in Bigastro. The animals was found by the roadside by a resident who immediately called the police.
The person spotted it while driving and was very surprised by its size. A patrol came out and found that it is a male leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) that weighs 40 kilos with a shell that is 70 centimetres long and 40 wide.
The officers checked that it was in good health and required no veterinary attention, but as it had no microchip it has not been possible to locate the owner yet, although they are investigating where it came from.
The animal has been placed in the care of the Raúl Mérida International Foundation for the Protection of Animals.
This type of tortoise is from the African savannah and is the fourth largest. This species is protected under the CITES convention, which requires owners to have obtained it legally and possess all the required documentation.