A family from Kansas has asked their community to keep an eye out for their 70-pound tortoise that escaped from their home earlier this week.

Madmartigan is a 10-year-old desert sarcodes tortoise that the Bahri family has owned since she was just a hatchling.

Their biggest concern, is the weather.

"We are originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and in the winter times, we do get frost, but typically the tortoise is in a burrow and is actually warm and inside," Harun Bahri told KSN. "While she could probably handle a cold weather snap, too cold is definitely not too good for her health—so it's a little worrisome."

Obviously, another concern is about Madmartigan being struck by a car while crossing the road, but they've given details as to how moving her should be handled as well.

"If she is on the road, pick her up on the side. For the most part, she is a very skittish, shy animal—odds are she is not very aggressive," Bahri said. He added that she wouldn't bite unless one were to stick their hand in her mouth.

So far, the family has printed flyers, posted on social media, and contacted Wichita Animal Control, but Madmartigan still remains on the run.

"She is a roaming animal, so she can actually get a lot further than you would think, and tortoises are actually a lot faster than you expect, a lot faster, actually, which was a surprising thing to learn," Bahri said.


The family hopes that she comes home soon, especially Bahri's 4-year-old son.

"It's one of the coolest animals I have ever seen and ever had as a pet; it's like having a dinosaur obviously that isn't going to kill you," Bahri said. "It's got personality, believe it or not, and we just miss her terribly."


Desert sarcodes tortoises can live as old as 150, so if she's found, Bahri said he intends for her to be a multi-generational pet.

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Quad City Area Home With Waterslide, Stage & More Selling For $2.5 Million

This gorgeous home for sale is just an hour away from the Quad Cities. Located at 26960 Sieverding Ridge in Bellevue, IA, this beautiful home is what the realtor is calling "an entertainers dream". It has 4 bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms, a 4 car garage, an in ground pool with a 97 foot waterslide, a full lodge with a bar and stage, and so much more. This is the listing of the house, according to the Dubuque Area For Sale By Owner website.

This property has a 4,499 square foot house, a detached lodge with full bar and garage/workspace/shop, and an in ground fiberglass pool with a 97 foot water slide and pool house .

This gorgeous home is located in the country and is just 2 minutes away from homey, beautiful, Bellevue, Iowa. 

It features many custom upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • All brick home
  • Granite countertops including 2 islands in the main kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Beverage cooler
  • Maple and bamboo hardwood floors
  • 2 fireplaces
  • Large master suite
  • Walk-in closets
  • Full kitchen in the basement
  • 3 dishwashers
  • Large walk in pantry
  • Large dining room area
  • 2 laundry rooms
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Mud room/ locker area off the garage
  • Office
  • Large windows that allows natural lighting.

The property also includes a detached garage/lodge/bar/shop area that 3,440 square foot and all brick. The garage/lodge also has many customs upgrades including, but not limited too:
  • Full kitchen with granite countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Living and dining area
  • Full bathroom
  • Storage area that is currently used as a hunting lodge
  • Forced air heat and central air
  • Full bar entertainment area with stage that seats 50 plus people
  • Additional garage area that can used for multiple purposes including shop area, boat storage, etc. 

And of course this home has a gorgeous in ground pool and gorgeous outdoor space. The in ground fiberglass pool is salt water and 16' x 40' and a kiddie pool/ tanning ledge that is 8' x 16' and an automatic pool cover. The pool also includes a basketball hoop. A large concrete deck overlooks the pool area where the 97 foot water slide begins. 

There is a pool house too that includes a half bathroom, storage area, pool equipment room, full bar with ice machine, beverage coolers, stainless steel sinks, and concrete bar. A large built in pergola sits on the tanning deck which provides cooling shade. The pool is surrounded by concrete that creates space for many entertainment options. 

See what this gorgeous, $2.5 million home in Bellevue, IA looks like below!


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