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Police apprehend tortoise on street


This article was published August 4, 2014 at 3:37 a.m.

ALHAMBRA, Calif. — At least officers didn’t have to issue a speedingticket. A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.

The Alhambra Police Department says a local family claimed the 150-pound reptile named Clark on Sunday, a day after it was spotted strolling on the street.

It took two officers to heft the creature into a patrol car so they could turn it over to animal control authorities.

The department posted photos of Clark on its Facebook page in hopes of finding the owners and cracked a “Tortoise and Hare” joke about officers capturing the reptile after a brief pursuit.

“The tortoise did try to make a run for it; but, our officers are pretty fast,” the post said.

No word yet on how far the tortoise had gone from home before it was caught.

A call to a police spokesman wasn’t immediately returned.

Giant tortoises are not indigenous to the Los Angeles area.

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