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Beloved Pet Escapes, Very, Very Slowly

Big tortoise found about a mile away after 74 days
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2020 11:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 150-pound tortoise that escaped from a Tennessee home has been returned after 74 days, managing to make it about a mile during his slow and steady journey, per the AP. The African sulcata tortoise named Solomon crawled away from his Ashland City enclosure more than two months ago, his owner, Lynn Cole, told WKRN-TV on Friday. Cole says a man and his son spotted Solomon grazing in a valley at a construction site and returned him within minutes.

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He didn't seem to make it far, but Cole said the true extent of the 15-year-old tortoise's trek remains a mystery. "I guess that we will never know the full details of Solomon's great adventure and how he managed to elude us all for so long," Cole tells the news outlet. "No matter his traveled course or intent, thanks to the gentleman and his son who happened to be driving by at that moment, Solomon is now safely at home and, as such, so much joy has been returned to our family." The tortoise has been with the family since birth.

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