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PREVIOUS: Missing tortoise returned to Dubuque museum

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Cashew with museum staff on Thursday, April 4 Cashew with museum staff on Thursday, April 4
Cashew with museum staff on Thursday, April 4 Cashew with museum staff on Thursday, April 4
Museum visitors pet Cashew's shell after she was found Thursday Museum visitors pet Cashew's shell after she was found Thursday
Cashew with museum staff after she was found Thursday Cashew with museum staff after she was found Thursday
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A tortoise missing from the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque has been found, and museum officials now think someone smuggled her onto an elevator in order to return her without attracting attention.

Museum officials discovered Tuesday morning the African leopard tortoise named Cashew was missing from her habitat.

However, upon entering the museum elevator Thursday, one visitor was shell-shocked to find Cashew on the floor next to him.

Museum president and CEO Jerry Enzler said Cashew, whose identity they confirmed, is in good health -- though they'll still give her an examination to be sure.

Enzler said he believes that, thanks to media attention, someone sneaked Cashew back in and put her on the elevator.

Enzler said the museum will now review surveillance video to see who might have returned the tortoise.

The museum's exhibit Turtles: Secrets of the Shell, from which Cashew was stolen, will be at the museum for the rest of the year and features more than 200 turtles.

All photos courtesy of Katlyn Gerken.

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