UPDATE: 'Creature' seen in Chislehurst pond may be an abandoned terrapin

News Shopper: The creature photographed at Prickend Pond, Chislehurst The creature photographed at Prickend Pond, Chislehurst

A number of people have claimed a creature spotted sunbathing by a pond off Chislehurst High Street is a terrapin, possibly abandoned by its owner.

Joanne Fagg was walking around Chislehurst at around 4pm on Sunday (May 25) when she saw the beast making the most of the afternoon sunshine.

She said: "We ended up at Prickend Pond, the one next to the Queens Head, and spotted something basking in the sun on a log near the island in the middle.

"It looks like its some kind of terrapin. I've never seen it there before - perhaps it was someone's pet they let go? Or escaped?"

A number have people have got in touch about the animal, with Nicola Lawlor saying: "It is almost certainly a terrapin.

"There are several in and around those ponds and have been there many years, probably released by people who no longer wanted them at the time of the ninja turtles craze.

"I remember seeing them as a kid."

Meanwhile biscuit has commented below the story: "It's a terrapin. Most likely dumped in the pond by an owner who doesn't want it any more.

"It won't survive the cold weather in the winter if its left there."

An RSPCA spokesman said: "If anyone finds an animal that is injured, neglected or abandoned we would urge them to contact the RSPCA's 24-hour emergency line by calling 0300 1234 999.

"Our call takers can offer advice on what is best to do in different situations and task out RSPCA officers to assist where appropriate."

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9:38am Wed 28 May 14

bnorther says...

Most normal people who thought it may be a Terrapin would Google it, look at a picture and go, "Yup, it's a Terrapin".

Some go to the newspapers.
Most normal people who thought it may be a Terrapin would Google it, look at a picture and go, "Yup, it's a Terrapin". Some go to the newspapers. bnorther
  • Score: 13

10:07am Wed 28 May 14

Biscuit says...

Its a terrapin. Most likely dumped in the pond by an owner who doesn't want it any more. It won't survive the cold weather in the winter if its left there.
Its a terrapin. Most likely dumped in the pond by an owner who doesn't want it any more. It won't survive the cold weather in the winter if its left there. Biscuit
  • Score: 12

10:34am Wed 28 May 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Its been there for years. What makes people go to the newsshopper with this kind of thing. I saw the fish in the pond on the common the other day whilst feeding the ducks, thought they had gotten big. Would the NS be interested in my story of the massive fish?
Its been there for years. What makes people go to the newsshopper with this kind of thing. I saw the fish in the pond on the common the other day whilst feeding the ducks, thought they had gotten big. Would the NS be interested in my story of the massive fish? PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 14

10:45am Wed 28 May 14

the wall says...

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo or Raphael.
Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo or Raphael. the wall
  • Score: -2

2:54pm Wed 28 May 14

mouthalmighty says...

It looks like its front right flipper is deformed.
It looks like its front right flipper is deformed. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 5

9:33pm Wed 28 May 14

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

It's the evidence long sought after....it's a branch with a sherbet flying saucer stuck on it!!
It's the evidence long sought after....it's a branch with a sherbet flying saucer stuck on it!! tellmethisdoesn'twork
  • Score: 2

10:10am Thu 29 May 14

Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch says...

david cameron
david cameron Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch
  • Score: -4

10:41am Thu 29 May 14

Witchkid says...

Looks more like a cooter turtle than a terrapin.
Looks more like a cooter turtle than a terrapin. Witchkid
  • Score: 6

2:21pm Thu 29 May 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

I cant believe there is a "Update" to this story, must be a very very slow news day. NS Meeting : Is there a traffic jam - No. Has someone sent in a photo - No. Someone look out the window...anything happening, NO. Errr has some housing assication chav found a slug in a happy shopper tin of sweetcorn. NO, I know we will update a dull story with the bleedin obvious.
I cant believe there is a "Update" to this story, must be a very very slow news day. NS Meeting : Is there a traffic jam - No. Has someone sent in a photo - No. Someone look out the window...anything happening, NO. Errr has some housing assication chav found a slug in a happy shopper tin of sweetcorn. NO, I know we will update a dull story with the bleedin obvious. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 0

6:25pm Thu 29 May 14

Visit Chislehurst says...

On behalf of Colin Yardley - Vice Chairman of the Trustees of the Commons who do an amazing job looking after the ponds - VisitChislehurst.org
.uk asked Colin for his opinion:
'The creatures are red-eared terrapins (Latin name: Trachemys scripta). No doubt they were dumped in the ponds by people who bought them when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were all the rage during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bought when they were only the size of 50p coins By the time they reached the size of full-grown tortoises and had proved what voracious carnivores they are , they were illegally dumped in the ponds. Their import into any EU country is now banned and they are on the list of non-native invasive species. In the ponds they feed on frogs, newts, fish and even ducklings. We remove them whenever we get the chance. Unfortunately they are as tough as old boots and are NOT killed off by cold weather. They are thorough-going pests.'

Clare - Visit Chis Team
On behalf of Colin Yardley - Vice Chairman of the Trustees of the Commons who do an amazing job looking after the ponds - VisitChislehurst.org .uk asked Colin for his opinion: 'The creatures are red-eared terrapins (Latin name: Trachemys scripta). No doubt they were dumped in the ponds by people who bought them when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were all the rage during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bought when they were only the size of 50p coins By the time they reached the size of full-grown tortoises and had proved what voracious carnivores they are , they were illegally dumped in the ponds. Their import into any EU country is now banned and they are on the list of non-native invasive species. In the ponds they feed on frogs, newts, fish and even ducklings. We remove them whenever we get the chance. Unfortunately they are as tough as old boots and are NOT killed off by cold weather. They are thorough-going pests.' Clare - Visit Chis Team Visit Chislehurst
  • Score: 11

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