July 6th, 2008 10:35 EST
Tortoise Goes On The Lam
"A 60-pound tortoise that escaped from a family`s garage last month is back home after a 2 1/2-week adventure that took him through three northwestern Indiana towns.
During his absence, Tank was shuttled between various homeowners, including a couple whose backyard strawberry patch and flowers became his dinner."
Quotation from the Associated Press (AP)
When I read the first paragraph of the AP story I said to myself: It would take 2 1/2 years for a tortoise to travel to three towns. But it turns out that the slowpoke was shuttled to the various municipalities.
My rambunctious Pit Bull escaped from my backyard one time, and I don`t even want to know how many calamities she caused. But what mischief can a tortoise get into? I`m sure the worst thing it did was trespassing in a strawberry patch.
I`m glad that the restless tortoise wasn`t mistaken for a speed bump, and that he didn`t end up as turtle soup.
The owner, 14-year-old Kylie Hirchak said:
"I`m really happy. It feels like we just found our lost brother or something."
Quotation from the Associated Press
"Or something" is more like it. I can see a cat or a dog considered a brother or a sister, but a tortoise doesn`t even qualify as a 3rd cousin.
How did that turtle escape anyway, doesn`t it take forever for that thing to travel the length of their driveway?