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.
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.
“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.