23 Aug '12, 4pm

Runaway Tortoise Leads Authorities on Slow-Speed Pursuit: (we're rooting for the tortoise!)

Runaway Tortoise Leads Authorities on Slow-Speed Pursuit: (we're rooting for the tortoise!)

Late last week, sheriffs were dispatched to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Forsyth County, Georgia after one of the facility's animal residents had managed a bold break-out . For days, local law enforcement and volunteers were led in pursuit of the intrepid runaway. But as it turns out, he was never far from home (and in more ways than one, I suppose). No barriers, it seems, could prevent Tortellini, the center's 70-year-old African spurred tortoise , from dusting off his shell and moving on. Chalk it up to youthful indiscretion. Somehow, the lumbering 155-pound tortoise had managed to breach the rehab center's gate, escape across a long field, and even cross a riverbed in a slow-motion bid for freedom. By the time his keepers noticed Tortellini escaped, he was clear out of sight. Three days later, however, Tortellini's jig was up. "There was a big search and rescue g...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/runaway-tortoi...

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