Submitted by Steve on 09:44, 23rd May, 2019 | 0

Today is International Turtle Day and we have helped many turtles at the GSPCA including those that have been flown to Gran Canaria like Olivia the Loggerhead Turtle that was rescued in 2016 and Murtle the Green Turtle that was rescued over a decade ago.

One of the luckiest and most unusual stories of a turtle we have ever had at the GSPCA is that of ‘Billy No Mates’ as he’s been named.

Billy No Mates was rescued in a very unusual manner back in early March this year.

We have mentioned that we have flown wild turtles back to the warmer waters where they belong, but Billy No Mates had a flight that he was very lucky to escape.

On the 4th March he was found dropping from the sky!

Billy No Mates was seen being dropped by a gull and was a very lucky young musk turtle to survive his ordeal.

Where he was originally from we do not know and sadly no owner reported a young missing musk turtle, but his landing took place in St Peter Port where he was rescued and has since been in our care at the GSPCA.

Beckie Bailey GSPCA Animal Care Assistant said “We’ve never had a flying turtle in before at the GSPCA.”

“Billy No Mates was rescued after being dropped by a flying gull and is one very lucky musk turtle.”

”We have lots of musk turtles looking for new homes, Billy No Mates is very small so is on his own but we have groups also looking for new homes and anyone looking to adopt some please give us a call on 01481 257261, email [email protected] or pop in 11am to 4pm any day.”

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Today is International Turtle DA and we have many amazing turtle stories at the GSPCA but the most amazing is that of Billy No Mates a musk turtle who was dropped from the sky by a gull.”

“It happened back in March and despite searching for his owner he was unclaimed and now needs a loving new home.”

“Last month we had two musk turtles dumped at the GSPCA and we have even rescued and helped a loggerhead and a green turtle in recent years.”

“If you can’t help give a turtle a home you can always sponsor those in our care by becoming an Angel Pen Pal , donate to their care online  , over the phone by calling 01481 257261 or pop into the Shelter.”

“To see some of those in need of a home please visit .”


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