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Beloved Brooklyn turtle found in 1940s disappears from family’s backyard

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After 70 years, a Brooklyn box turtle named Willie made his escape – and his owner, now the same age as the turtle he grew up with – wants him back.

“Other people get estates, IRAs; well, I got Willie,” said Ed Schloeman, who inherited the turtle when his father died.  Willie is named after Schloeman’s father, who adopted the 7-inch speckled turtle after finding him in Prospect Park during World War II.


Willy the turtle has been part of Ed Schloeman’s family for 70 years, since his father found him in Prospect Park during WWII

Schloeman posted wanted flyers around his Brooklyn neighborhood.  He believes Willie went into hibernation nearby and will resurface in April when the warmer weather returns and that a neighbor will spot him.

Willie had escaped from the four-foot pen before, only getting as far as a neighbor’s yard.  This time however, Schloeman thinks he made it under the gate and into the streets of Windsor Terrace.WillyRanAway

“You really can’t get close to a turtle — they don’t show affection — however he was there looking up when I came out.”

Schloeman is hoping someone will find Willie, and is even offering a $100 reward.