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Mischievous Mikey the runaway tortoise is fitted with a GPS tracker after escaping hundreds of times from his pen and shuffling off at 65 yards per hour

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 14/04/2019 Harry Howard For Mailonline

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A mischievous tortoise has been fitted with a GPS tracker after wandering off hundreds of times - at a blistering pace of 65 yards an hour.  

The tortoise, named Mikey, found a way to escape from his supposedly 'tortoise-proof' pen and his owner Rosie Saxelby, 18, from Nottingham, has to hunt for him most days. 

Now, she and parents Lucy, 42, and Jonathan, 55, as well as siblings Violet, 11, Daisy, 15, Clyde, 17, and Marigold, nine, have resorted to fitting him with the device, which uses satellite technology to make sure he can't go missing again.

a turtle in the grass: A mischievous tortoise named Mikey, 10,  has been fitted with a GPS tracker after wandering off hundreds of times - at a blistering pace of 65 yards an hour © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A mischievous tortoise named Mikey, 10,  has been fitted with a GPS tracker after wandering off hundreds of times - at a blistering pace of 65 yards an hour Ms Saxelby, a university student, has had Mikey, 10, for four years and said she and her family were 'distraught' when he first went missing.

His latest adventure lasted six months before he was found sunbathing in the family's back garden.     

After breaking out of multiple enclosures, the grumpy reptile has since been confined to a vivarium inside the family's home in Nottingham while they decide what to do with him.

a person posing for the camera: Owner Rosie Saxelby, 18, from Nottingham, has to hunt for him most days, so she and her family have now resorted to fitting him with the device, which uses satellite technology to make sure he can't go missing again © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Owner Rosie Saxelby, 18, from Nottingham, has to hunt for him most days, so she and her family have now resorted to fitting him with the device, which uses satellite technology to make sure he can't go missing again University student Rosie said: 'Mikey is a determined tortoise and will spend his entire day trying to find ways to get out of his pen.

Mickey, 10, pictured attempting to escape his pen © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mickey, 10, pictured attempting to escape his pen 'We got him four years ago and we were all distraught the most recent time he went missing, as we thought we'd lost him for good.

The tortoise has pulled a Houdini over 100 times © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The tortoise has pulled a Houdini over 100 times 'He has been caught almost escaping hundreds of times now and been missing for days, weeks and even months on four occasions since we have had him.

'He manages to burrow under the fence, climb over the fence or squeeze through small gaps onto the open fields as we live on a smallholding surrounded by horse fields.

a wooden table: Mikey the tortoise in his indoors vivarium, where he has been confined until the family can come up with a plan for how to keep a better hold of him © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mikey the tortoise in his indoors vivarium, where he has been confined until the family can come up with a plan for how to keep a better hold of him 'The last time was especially bizarre as my brother, Clyde, had transformed one of our horse's outdoor enclosures into a huge tortoise paradise pen for Mikey.

'It had a foot-high fence and wood chippings covering the floor on top of rock so he couldn't dig underneath or climb over.

Mikey celebrates his sixth birthday at home but has never seemed too keen on hanging around, and has gone missing over one hundred times. His latest adventure lasted for six months before he was found sunbathing in the family's back garden © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mikey celebrates his sixth birthday at home but has never seemed too keen on hanging around, and has gone missing over one hundred times. His latest adventure lasted for six months before he was found sunbathing in the family's back garden 'When he went missing, we were baffled - he must have climbed out but we questioned whether it could have been a bird of prey that lifted him up and then dropped him because he was too heavy, over the fence of his pen.'

Mum Lucy said since the tortoise's miraculous return last month Mikey seems disgruntled.

Mum Lucy, a PR and social media executive, added: 'He's a bit like a grumpy old man since his return.

a group of people posing for a photo: From left: Marigold, nine, Daisy, 15, Violet, 12 and Rosie, 18, pose with their beloved (if slightly grumpy) tortoise Mikey © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited From left: Marigold, nine, Daisy, 15, Violet, 12 and Rosie, 18, pose with their beloved (if slightly grumpy) tortoise Mikey 'He's had a snotty nose which the vet diagnosed as a respiratory infection, which has now cleared up with antibiotics.

'He's not super-friendly like some tortoises and doesn't respond to his name or show too much affection but he quite happily sits on the kids' knees when they're watching TV - he likes the warmth.

'Now though, the horses have their yard and enclosures to themselves again and Mikey is confined to our bedroom in a vivarium, whilst we try and think of a Mikey-proof pen.

'He's only thought to be around ten though, and they can live till they're 100, so it's going to have to be sturdy.

'We have 15 pets in total - including two basset hounds, a giant African Sulcata tortoise, three created geckos, three horses, two pygmy goats, two farm cats, and two goldfish but none of them have caused as much trouble as this tortoise. 

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