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74 days, less than 1 mile later, missing tortoise recovered

Posted at 12:13 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 12:13:32-04

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A 150-pound tortoise who escaped from a Tennessee home has been returned after 74 days, managing to make it less than a mile during his slow and steady journey.

Owner Lynn Cole told WKRN-TV on Friday that the African Sulcata Tortoise named Soloman crawled away from his Ashland City enclosure more than two months ago and was discovered just an eighth of a mile away from home last week.

Cole said a man and his son spotted Solomon grazing in a valley at a construction site and returned him within minutes.

The owners said they would pay Soloman's rescuers a reward for returning him home.