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Giant Pet Tortoise Is Found After Escaping Its Pen

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

CARLTON, Ga. (AP) -- A giant tortoise that went missing in northeast Georgia has been found after a motorist spotted the 50-pound animal crossing a road.

Miranda Mendenhall tells The Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/16LbJX2) that she saw a logging truck swerve around something on Lexington Carlton Road on Thursday afternoon. She thought it was a bag of trash at first, but then called 911 when she realized it was a huge tortoise.

Zip the tortoise had made it about a half-mile from its home in Carlton. Zip had forced its way out of a backyard fence Sept. 13, touching off a search.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com


Associated Press Release

CARLTON, Ga. (AP) -- A low-speed chase is underway for a 50-pound pet tortoise that escaped from its owners in northeast Georgia.

Authorities say that Zip forced his way out of a backyard fence Friday night in Carlton.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/19iAUho) that the animal possibly wandered off into the 1,000-acre tract of woods behind the home of his owners Susan and Kerry Fisher.

Susan Fisher fears that the tortoise, which is a native of the Sahara Desert, will not survive the Georgia winter if it is not found.

She also said that many people in Madison County eat turtles in a stew known as turtle mull, adding that it's possible someone will eat Zip.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com


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