53-year-old tortoise left homeless by COVID-19 gets new home


A 53-year-old tortoise left homeless when its owner died of COVID-19 has been adopted by a loving new family.

The tortoise, known as Ms. Jennifer, was put up for adoption last week by MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization.

After widespread media coverage of her plight, the organization received more than 3,000 calls and emails from people interested in adopting the tortoise, making her one of the most popular animals the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has ever taken care of.

“Ms. Jennifer is going to a fantastic home in Boston with a bona fide turtle expert,” the organization said in a statement Wednesday.

The new owner wishes to remain anonymous.

Ms. Jennifer weighs four pounds and is about the size of a dinner plate. She loves fruit salad and dandelions, and like many tortoises, could live to be about 100.