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Tortoise on the loose in Santa Ynez, CHP makes arrest… err, delivery

Posted: 3:19 PM, Jul 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-15 18:19:22-04

A very large tortoise was spotted on the run on Sunday night in Santa Ynez, but before it could make a getaway (or get hurt), California Highway Patrol and a local rescue found its owners and delivered it safely home.

CHP Buellton says officers received a call about the large tortoise on the side on the road in the 1600 block of Edison Street around 5:50 p.m.

Before officers could arrive, the wayward tortoise had been safely picked up by the Santa Ynez Animal Rescue.

Tortoise rescue in Santa Ynez by Officers Brooks and Serleth. Photo Courtesy: CHP Buellton
Tortoise rescue in Santa Ynez by Officers Brooks and Serleth. Photo Courtesy: CHP Buellton

 

The owners of the runaway tortoise were found about two hours later. CHP Officers Brooks and Serleth delivered the wayward animal home and posted about the adventure on social media, officials said.

That tortoise certainly has a story to share with its buddies!

Photo Courtesy: CHP Buellton

 

No official word if the tortoise will face any charges.

Photo Courtesy: CHP Buellton