Peter Brown from Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Wales, was happily reunited with his pet tortoise named Tortie who he has been taken care of for more than 45 years, reports the South Wales Echo.
After escaping from Brown’s garden, Tortie was found by a trash collector who took him home until he could find his owner.
When the trash collector read about the frantic Brown in the local paper, he immediately contacted Tortie’s owner to tell him the good news.
“I had kind of told myself: get used to the idea you are never going to see him again, just accept it,” Brown told the source. “And then suddenly the call: ‘We have got him, come and get him.’ It’s beyond words - it’s just brilliant.”
The Humane Society notes that pets are often misplaced and can become lost if they wander away from an owner.
The American Humane Association suggests that owners make sure their pets, indoor and outside, have identification tags, pet tattoos or microchips with their current information.
In 1997, only 9.3 percent of animals that were not dogs or cats were returned to their owners by animal rescue
shelters, according to the National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy.