Museum returns African tortoise to Macon family

The Hilton family came to pick up their African Sulcata tortoise "Speedy Gonzalez Rodriguez" from the Macon museum on Tuesday. 

UPDATE: Speedy Gonzalez Rodriguez found his way back home Tuesday.

The tortoise's owner, Katherine Hilton, said she was mad as she walked into the museum to meet with DNR and staff at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

A half an hour later, 13WMAZ spoke with Hilton's mom, Sandra Hilton, who said that the family was moments away from getting the tortoise back.

The family and the museum declined any further comment following their meeting after the African Sulcata tortoise was returned to the Hiltons. 

The family did release the following statement to 13WMAZ:

"We are so thankful to Ms. Sharron Cornacchione, the Museum of Arts and Sciences for the wonderful care they provided. We would be remiss to not include our local game warden David Fisher. Ms. Cornacchione has accepted our offer of partnering with Ms. Toad's Depot in providing a tortoise for the enxhibit." 

The family also sent us a video of the tortoise back at home.

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The Museum of Arts and Sciences call him Tank.

A south Macon family said he's "Speedy Gonzalez Rodriguez."

Now another family is claiming ownership of the African Sulcata tortoise found on Sardis Church Road last week.

A DNR ranger handed the tortoise over to the museum after it was found roaming the roadway.

ALSO: African tortoise found roaming Macon street 

The two families will be meeting with museum owners to discuss rightful ownership, according to Sherry Singleton, the museum's Director of Communications. 

Check back later for more details on this story.

RELATED: Family claims to own African tortoise being housed at Macon museum 

 

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