NEWFANE -- Eleanor got out of her pen on Sunday, but chances are she didn't get too far.
She is 9-inches tall and 12-inches long, described as brown and tan, and her owners are hoping to track her down before the chill of autumn nights sets in.
Oh, and did we forget to mention: She's a tortoise, specifically a leopard tortoise.
"She is a desert tortoise, not a local," said Margot Mayor, Eleanor's owner. "(Which is why) it's pretty important that we find her before it gets too cold."
Eleanor broke out of her enclosure without anyone noticing, and as of Tuesday afternoon Mayor expected that she would still be roaming Newfane.
The tortoise is described as unusual because most local turtles are either a box turtle or snapping turtle -- this tortoise has a high domed shell.
"We put this tortoise out only during the day, when it is warm and sunny," said Mayor. "She has this pen she's in during the day then we bring her in during the night because of predators and the cold."
This isn't the first time Eleanor has tried to fly the coop; she did escape once before. That time, she only went four feet away then sat underneath a rose bush.
Mayor had fortified the gate of the enclosure after that incident.
"She's stronger than we thought," said Mayor. "She needs a lot of special care. If she's out in the wild or someone picked her up, she needs to be kept warm and she'll need special things. So it's pretty important we get her back. She's also been our pet for 20 years, so we love her."
Mayor participates in rescuing turtles on a regular basis. She had rescued Eleanor about 20 years ago and the tortoise's life span is usually around 100 years.
And just to be sure everyone is keeping their eyes peeled, Mayor's husband, Archer, has put together a perfect reward.
Archer is a local mystery writer, well-known for authoring the Joe Gunther detective novel series. The person who rescues Eleanor will have their name featured his next book, which he is currently writing.
If anyone has any tips or has found Eleanor, please contact the West River Veterinary Service in Newfane at 802-365-9362 or email Mayor at Margot@archermayor.com.
Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or email@example.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.