Missy Lowery’s 120-pound tortoise is missing and she wants her hard-shelled friend back.


Missy Lowery’s 120-pound tortoise is missing and she wants her hard-shelled friend back.

Leona, an African Sulcata tortoise native to the Sahara Desert, broke out of her enclosure with her partner Puck on Sunday evening, Lowery said.

The male tortoise, who weighs 130 pounds, was discovered quickly and returned to safety, but Leona has been more elusive. Riders on horseback and ATVs have failed to turn up any sign of the wayward pet over the last several days.

Missy and Tony Lowery have been living between Haviland and Greensburg on the Brenham blacktop for more than five years. They’ve had Leona and Puck for more than 18 years since their daughter brought the pair home as pets. The daughter is grown and married, but Puck and Leona did not leave home with her.

Tortoises are hardy creatures and the Sulcata is a good fit for the Kansas climate even in the summer.

“She’ll be fine for awhile. They don’t drink water at all,” Missy said. “But we want her back.”

Anyone passing through the area who happens to see a tortoise is encouraged to please contact Missy at 388-6860.