A family pet that's been a fixture in a Cupertino neighborhood for 65 years is missing.

A desert tortoise named "Butch" disappeared late last month from the yard of a home where it had lived with two generations of the same family.

The tortoise — estimated to be 150 years old — was a gift to Opal Carle when she moved into the home in 1943.

When Carle passed away during the summer her son and daughter-in-law took over care of the land turtle.

But when the daughter-in-law — Penny Carle — had to go into a hospital on Sept. 25, the tortoise disappeared.

The family believes the tortoise was stolen because there is chain link fence around the property.