South West Wales

90-year-old tortoise Mrs T attacked by rat in Pembroke

Pet tortoise Image copyright Athena Pictures
Image caption The rat had bitten into one of pet tortoise Mrs T's back legs as well

An animal lover was left horrified after a rat chewed off part of the legs of her 90-year-old pet tortoise.

Linzi James, of Pembroke, put the tortoise, called Mrs T, in her garden shed to hibernate where it was attacked by the rat.

She found the reptile on her lawn with injuries to her two front legs.

Rats attacking tortoises is not uncommon and in 2013 Britain's oldest tortoise, 130-year-old Thomas, died after a rat attack.

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