Pet Tortoise Tries To Run Away But Predictably Doesn’t Get Far

Someone left a fence unlocked, and a sulcata tortoise made a very slow run for it.

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Sand Spike escaped his enclosure after a fence was left open. Via Fox News San Antonio
John Virata

When a pet sulcata tortoise decided to run away, how far do you think it got? For a tortoise in San Antonio, Texas, not very far.

Tortoise lover Isabell Thomas’ sulcata tortoise, Sand Spike, left his home Monday through an unlocked fence and started heading off down the street.

Sand Spike ambled down the street, at a tortoise’s pace of course, when Ian Campbell drove by and spotted him. The 75-pound tortoise had only made it about five houses when Campbell picked him up, according to Fox News San Antonio.

“I could barely believe it you know, it was crazy,” Campbell said about encountering the big tortoise just walking down the street.


Campbell, you see, is a also tortoise lover — he keeps a tortoise named Tortellini — so he picked up Sand Spike and he took him home for safe keeping. After speaking with some neighbors, he found out who the owner was and returned the 15-year-old tortoise.
 

Sand Spike was found by a fellow tortoise lover and returned. Via Fox News San Antonio.

Sand Spike was found by a fellow tortoise lover and returned. Via Fox News San Antonio.

During the entire time that Sand Spike was on his unsupervised walk, Thomas told the news station she had no idea he was gone.

“I’m just really happy to have him home,” Thomas said.

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