Rolls-Royce employees were shocked when they found a turtle wandering through the firm’s West Sussex facility.
The be-shelled creature had somehow infiltrated the luxury car manufacturer’s technology and logistics centre in Bognor Regis, and was found by employees as it explored the lorry yard.
The employees took action, gently placing the creature in a box, and then transferring him into a water-filled sink before alerting the RSPCA.
An animal collection officer – Claire Goddard – was then dispatched to the facility to collect the rogue reptile.
She said: “It’s a turtle mystery how this little guy got into the warehouse! It’s in the middle of nowhere, so I haven’t a clue where he’s come from.
“Staff spotted him wandering around and, unsurprisingly, had quite a shock Luckily, he doesn’t seem to be too worse for wear and didn’t have any signs of injuries on his head, legs or carapace [shell]. He’s a lucky turtle!”
It is understood that the creature may have been abandoned at a nearby pond before venturing onto Rolls-Royce’s logistics premises, which serves the Goodwood-based factory just eight miles away.