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Tortoise rescued after setting house on fire

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An "angry-looking" tortoise has been rescued after it started a fire in a house.

The 45-year-old reptile was home alone when it knocked a heat lamp on to its bedding in a room at the house in Duton Hill, Great Dunmow, on Christmas Day.

Firefighters were called at about 16:30 GMT after neighbours heard alarms, and found the house smoke-logged.

Watch manager Gary Wain said the tortoise "will now hopefully continue to live a long and happy life".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-50915895

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Piney
1 hour ago, Still Waters said:

The 45-year-old reptile was home alone when it knocked a heat lamp on to its bedding in a room at the house in Duton Hill, Great Dunmow, on Christmas Day.

That was the owner's stupidity. The heat lamp for Zeke, our bearded dragon is away from him and secured. 

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This shows how important it is to have smoke alarms on every level of your home.

NOOO!  it shows how important it is NOT to leave heatlamps on when you are out and have animals roaming around the house. 

 

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Oniomancer

It was probably trying to kill a spider.

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Piney
5 minutes ago, freetoroam said:

NOOO!  it shows how important it is NOT to leave heatlamps on when you are out and have animals roaming around the house. 

You can leave them on. Just make sure they can't be knocked around because with reptiles and naked hedgehogs in mankinis,  you have to. 

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freetoroam
14 minutes ago, Piney said:

You can leave them on. Just make sure they can't be knocked around because with reptiles and naked hedgehogs in mankinis,  you have to. 

Yeah the hedgehog in a mankini? Would not like to see it catch fire, but reckon it needs locking up - for its own safety ofcourse. :whistle:

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freetoroam
17 minutes ago, Piney said:

You can leave them on. Just make sure they can't be knocked around because with reptiles and naked hedgehogs in mankinis,  you have to. 

Tried to find a hedgehog in a mankini,  this is the closest I got,  al least the size and hat are right

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AllPossible

45 years old? And hes burning my house down?

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Mantis914

I've got a Sulcata and she has a curious streak and will try to get into everything when she's not sleeping.  If it looks yummy, she'll try to eat it.  If it looks interesting, she'll try to knock it down and stomp all over it.  I can see how this could happen but as Piney said, you have to keep stuff like that away and secured for their own sake.

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