PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A 100-pound tortoise on the loose in a Virginia neighborhood didn’t get far before his escape plan was foiled.
The Virginian Pilot reports that the giant tortoise named Sampson was found wandering around a neighborhood in Portsmouth on Sunday after apparently escaping his nearby home.
A neighbor called animal control officials and a crew of four people carried Sampson into a truck. Officials were going to take him a tortoise habitat, but eventually found his owner and returned him.
Officer Brenda Quintana says the owner bought Sampson at a pet store 22 years ago.