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Three-legged desert tortoise finds forever home

Posted at 3:42 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 13:58:58-04

A three-legged desert tortoise is now living the good life after finding his forever home at Cibola Vista Resort and Spa in Peoria. Now, 80 others are waiting for their new lease on life.

"Cisco" was hit by a car near Wickenburg causing major damage that led to his hind leg being amputated. After the procedure, the desert tortoise could no longer live in the wild so he was put into the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Desert Tortoise Adoption program. Now, he's living in Peoria.

“It was great to partner with Cibola Vista Resort, where Cisco not only has a permanent home, he now serves as an educational ambassador for Arizona’s wildlife to visitors from around the world,” said Tegan Wolf, AZGFD Tortoise Adoption Program coordinator.

Cisco is between 30 and 50 years old.

There are about 80 other desert tortoises who need to find forever homes. If you are interested in adopting one, you must complete an application.

According to Arizona Game and Fish, adopters need to have a securely enclosed yard or separate enclosure in their yard free from potential hazards such as a dog, fire pit or unfenced pool. The enclosed area must include an appropriate shelter for the tortoise to escape Arizona’s extreme summer and winter temperatures, and must be constructed before submitting an adoption application.