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Published:July 6th, 2008 10:35 EST
Tortoise Goes On The Lam

Tortoise Goes On The Lam

By Robert Paul Reyes

"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?