A young tortoise in Florida was found covered in concrete and was freed from the cement shell thanks to rescuers.

Peace River Wildlife Center shared the rescue on a Facebook post, and they are currently caring for the reptile at their center. A house was being built next to where the gopher tortoise was found. They believe that the tortoise must have walked through fresh concrete. They were able to remove the shell of concrete, and the reptile is enjoying some nutrition and hydration before the big return to the wild.

The center explained on the Facebook post that the tortoise is a hatchling, which means that they are under one year old.

“This is most likely a hatchling that is out on its own for the first time and just happened on an unfortunate situation. This nest was probably on a neighboring property,” the center wrote on the Facebook post.

We are so happy that this tortoise was found and rescued!

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