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Tortoise dubbed 'Humpty Dumpty' undergoes surgery after fall causes shell to crack

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SAN DIEGO -

A Southern California tortoise, dubbed Humpty Dumpty by veterinarians, got an expensive repair job after cracking his shell. 

San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the 90-pound male African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose from a yard. He says it was found Sunday after falling a the wall while escaping a dog.

DeSousa says the animal's shell cracked into three pieces. Veterinarians repaired it Tuesday in a three-hour operation.

The $4,000 cost is covered by the county's Spirit Fund. The tortoise will live with a rescue group.

DeSousa says it will take a year to heal, but the 35- to 40-year-old tortoise could have many more decades of life.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that owner of the tortoise has not been confirmed; however, a man from Fallbrook contacted the county on Tuesday morning and said he thinks the animal is his.

It will be up to the owner to decide if he wants the tortoise back. If he does want to reclaim the animal, he would have to pay the veterinarian fees, DeSousa told the Union-Tribune.

If he declines to cover the fees, the tortoise will not be available for adoption. Instead, it will be transferred to a tortoise rescue group that has the training and qualifications to provide the necessary care.

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