Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Autistic child’s tortoise mutilated

‘Police are looking for whoever stole and mutilated an autistic California child’s 42-pound pet tortoise.

Bob, an African spurred tortoise, was in guarded condition Saturday after thieves stole him July 7 and tried to cut his neck and slice his legs from his shell, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. [..]

William, whose autism makes him wary of talking to people, freely chatted with 25-year-old Bob, whose species is known to grunt, whistle and croak in response.

“Now he’s scared to death that not only has he lost his friend, but that whoever did this are going to come after him too,” Vaughan said.’

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