TURTLE STRAYS (JUST HOW FAR?) FROM ITS HOME.Byline: Mark Baker The Register-Guard
CORRECTION (ran 6/10/2005): To help Susan Musolino look for Trudlo, her missing 50-year-old tortoise tortoise (tôr`təs), common name for a terrestrial turtle, especially one of the family Testudinidae. Tortoises inhabit warm regions of all continents except Australia. , call her at 744-2747. The wrong phone number was provided in a story on Page A1 on Thursday.
PLEASANT HILL - Maybe he was having a midlife crisis midlife crisis
A period of psychological doubt and anxiety that some people experience in middle age.
midlife crisis ? Maybe Ace Ventura: Pet Detective got him? Maybe he decided to check out that new tortoise exhibit - "Turtle Trek: A Journey of Survival" - at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is an aquarium in Newport, Oregon. in Newport? Maybe he went to "Turtles" restaurant in Eugene? They have good soup, you know.
Whatever happened, Trudlo, the 50-year-old, African leopard-spotted tortoise is missing.
"He's out there somewhere in the bushes, and he cannot move," says Susan Musolino, Trudlo's owner.
Or, maybe, he's moving just fine, breaking out on his own, finally coming out of his shell, if you will. So if you see him - "He's the size of a basketball," Musolino says - she'd like to know. And there's $500 in it for you.
"He's really, really, really, really beautiful," Musolino says. But don't even think about it - he's taken. Where he is, however, is another question. How far could a half-century-old tortoise get in 13 days?
Well, given that the average tortoise can move about a city block an hour and that there are 12 city blocks in a mile, Trudlo could, theoretically, go two miles in a day if he didn't stop. Which means he could have gone 26 miles - a marathon - by now.
Musolino doubts it, though.
"He can't stand the cold," she says, referring to the recent rains since Trudlo vanished May 27 when someone left the gate open to her enclosed yard. "He freezes up. He gets weak."
Named for how Musolino pronounced the word "turtle" when she was a little girl, Trudlo has disappeared twice before in the 10 years that she's had the reptile; once for a couple of weeks, and another time for a month. But she's always found him somewhere amid the brambles of blackberry bushes Noun 1. blackberry bush - bramble with sweet edible black or dark purple berries that usually do not separate from the receptacle
bramble bush - any prickly shrub of the genus Rubus bearing edible aggregate fruits on and around her acre of property here off Parkway Road.
This time, however, she's asking for volunteers to help her look. Bring long sticks to poke See peek/poke.
poke - The BASIC command to write a value to an absolute address.
See peek. in the bushes, she says. Musolino has been on her hands and knees with a chain saw in the past 13 days, mowing mow 1
1. The place in a barn where hay, grain, or other feed is stored.
2. A stack of hay or other feed stored in a barn. down those blackberry bushes, looking everywhere. She even hired a "brush clearance guy" for $100 Tuesday. The man worked with his gas-powered hedge clippers for three hours.
Trudlo disappeared about 6 p.m. that warm Friday night. Musolino's daughter, Kumari Kowalke, and her fiance were there, along with Musolino's son, Giri GIRI Guide d'Initiation à la Recherche dans l'Internet (French: Guide of Essential Internet Research)
GIRI Gray Iron Research Institute (Columbus, Ohio; now Iron Casting Research Institute) Kowalke, and his wife. "There was a lot of activity," Musolino says. Trudlo, playing in the grass, was suddenly gone. "We looked for hours with flashlights," says Musolino, a former foster parent with a history of rescuing cats and dogs Cats and Dogs
A slang term referring to speculative stocks that have short or suspicious histories for sales, earnings, dividends, etc.
In a bull market analysts will often mention that everything is going up, even the cats and dogs. , and finding them homes. She's even written a children's book - "Trudlo the Tortoise: The Most Loved and Happiest Tortoise in the World" - she'd like to publish.
Musolino found the animal at WISTEC, now The Science Factory, in Eugene where her daughter was a volunteer. Living in a cage with a 5-foot iguana iguana (ĭgwä`nə), name for several large lizards of the family Iguanidae, found in tropical America and the Galapagos. The common iguana (Iguana iguana , he was not well cared for, Musolino says, and she begged and begged for six months to take him until the children's science center finally relented. She gave him a home and a place in the kitchen, where he walks over her feet when she's doing the dishes.
"He's so sweet and sensitive," Musolino says.
And now he's gone. Again. Maybe looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. a female tortoise? "I thought about that because it's springtime," Musolino says. "He wouldn't have any luck, though. There's no other tortoises out there."
Trudlo the tortoise has been missing since May 27, and his owner, Susan Musolino, is looking for volunteers to help find him. Call 747-2747 if you'd like to help. There's a $500 reward. Here's a description:
Height: About 1 foot - when standing on all fours
Weight: 10 pounds
Identifying marks: Leopardlike spots on domed shell; stumpy, clublike feet
Eats: Grass, corn, soybeans, peas, string beans A dish prepared from the unripe pods of several kinds of beans; - so called because the strings are stripped off
Any kind of beans in which the pods are used for cooking before the seeds are ripe; usually, the low bush bean.
See also: String String and romaine
Average speed: About one city block an hour
Susan Musolino is offering a $500 reward to whomever whom·ev·er
The objective case of whoever. See Usage Note at who.
the objective form of whoever: finds her beloved "Trudlo."