Published: Oct 19, 2012 1:19 PM EDT

Thieves in Colorado got a little more than they bargained for.

An Arizona man makes a living traveling to schools and parties with a dozen exotic animals in his truck.

The man known as "Wildman Phil" has a python and tortoise, among other animals. Interestingly, the tortoise had a wheel for a prosthetic limb.

Thursday night, he stopped at a Walmart in Colorado. When he came out, his truck was gone.

It was found abandoned hours later with all the animals inside and alive.