Wanted: Home for turtle found riding commuter rail

A commuter rail rider apparently headed to the airport is reported to have abandoned the turtle on the train.

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad

A commuter rail rider apparently headed to the airport is reported to have abandoned the turtle on the train.

He probably got there faster than he expected, but a turtle who was riding on a commuter train found himself without an owner when he arrived in Boston Wednesday evening.

Now, officials are trying to find a new home for the abandoned reptile, which is living at South ­Station.


A train conductor discovered the turtle in a carrier on one of the train’s seats while doing a sweep of the Providence/Stoughton train after passengers disembarked at around 5:30 p.m., said the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, which operates commuter rail trains for the MBTA.

Originally believing that the turtle had just been forgotten, workers brought the turtle to the South Station lost and found. No one came.

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Workers kept the turtle safe as calls went out to local animal shelters to see if anyone had reported the red-eared slider missing, but they soon learned from a Twitter follower that a rider abandoned the turtle.

“Now we’re focused on finding the turtle a safe home,” said Rhiannon D’Angelo, spokeswoman for the commuter rail.

The agency asks that anyone with information or suggestions about a good home call 617-222-8119 or tweet

Sarah N. Mattero
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