FWC Investigating Turtle Found Covered In Red Spray Paint

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission searching for a careless culprit who spray-painted a gopher tortoise bright red in Central Florida.

FWC officials said two good Samaritans found the tortoise in the middle of a road south of Montverde. The tortoise was completely covered in red spray paint and with concrete on its limbs and the top of its shell.

The good Samaritans took the tortoise to a wildlife rehabilitator, who is currently nursing the tortoise back to health.

FWC officials said "it is both illegal and very harmful to the health of a gopher tortoise to apply man-made substances, such as paint or concrete, to any part of their body or shell."

Officials are offering a reward reward for information leading to the culprit.

Anyone with information about who may have applied the paint and concrete on the tortoise is asked to call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. Anonymous tips can also be emailed to Tip@MyFWC.com. 

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