STAFF from luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce were shell-shocked after finding a turtle wandering through their technology and logistics centre in West Sussex.
The employees discovered the turtle exploring a lorry yard at the premises in Bognor Regis, which serves the company’s factory in Goodwood, about eight miles away.
They managed to gently put him in a box from which he was transferred into a water-filled sink while they contacted the RSPCA.
Animal collection officer Claire Goddard went to get the turtle, a Chinese soft-shell specimen.
She said: “It’s a turtle mystery how this little guy got into the warehouse! It’s in the middle of nowhere, so I haven’t a clue where he’s come from.
“Staff spotted him wandering around and, unsurprisingly, had quite a shock Luckily, he doesn’t seem to be too worse for wear and didn’t have any signs of injuries on his head, legs or carapace [shell]. He’s a lucky turtle!”
It is believed the creature had been abandoned in a pond nearby before making his way on to Oldlands Farm Business Park, where the Rolls-Royce logistics centre is based.
Goddard took him to an animal centre for specialist care and was able to shell-ebrate a successful rescue…