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Mesa police corral pair of fugitive tortoises

MESA, Ariz. — Two tortoises are back in custody thanks to Mesa police
officers who helped corral the reptiles after they had escaped from their
owner’s home.

Police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Landato tells KPHO one
of the city’s police officers came across the tortoises Sunday morning near 32nd
Street and McKellips.

The two reptiles were found making their way south in the northbound lanes. A
slow speed pursuit ensued.

The wrong-way tortoises were eventually contained by officers and put into the
back seat of a patrol car.

Landato said officers learned the two African spurred thigh tortoises had
escaped from their home nearby. The two were returned safely to their home.


Information from: KPHO-TV,


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