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Tortoise reunited with human family in Southern Calif.


A giant 150-pound tortoise named "Clark" is back with his human family today after the Alhambra Police Department found it wandering the streets in suburban Los Angeles this weekend.

According to a post on the police department's facebook page, "The tortoise did try to make a run for it ... but, our officers are pretty fast."

It took two officers to heft the hard-shelled creature into a patrol car to take to the local police station where it was later picked up by animal control.

The police department joked the animal didn't respond to "Michelangelo," "Leonardo," "Raphael", or "Donatello," so it may be a female... -- a reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

A facebook post on Sunday stated that the tortoise has returned home, but offered no other information about the owners or how far the tortoise traveled.

"We enjoy keeping families together... Thank you Alhambra partners and FB friends!" the police department wrote.

Editor's note: The tortoise's name has been changed to Clark after the Alhambra Police Department made a correction on their facebook page. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tortoise Found Roaming Los Angeles Suburb

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joie283 August 04 2014 at 12:15 AM

Most of you are nuts. Look at this for what it is. I complain every day that I want to hear about something good, cute, funny, humanitarian, instead of killings, muggings, beatings, unemployement corrupt governments, etc. This wasn't much, but it helped. I don't have my head buried in the sand, however for every negative report, there needs to be a positive report so we don't forget the good things in life. .

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coffeetime9 joie283 August 04 2014 at 3:37 AM

I am with you. Some of these people should get a life and stop tearing everything and everyone down to their level.

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Tutu joie283 August 05 2014 at 1:02 AM

You are so right, it did help. I might add that relatives of mine have two of these critters and someone helped himself to one and a week later he showed up about 70 miles away in a park. We think that he gave a present in the car and that is why he was dropped off in the park.

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buckschottz August 04 2014 at 5:48 AM

Dirk was trying to find a Shell station.

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baileysno1lala August 03 2014 at 11:16 PM

Wonderful story!! Kudos to the Alhambra PD!!

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punnster August 04 2014 at 1:34 AM

Okay buddy pullover. We clocked you at going over 1/65 of a mile per hour.

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Tutu punnster August 05 2014 at 1:04 AM

Ah you really should do some research...these critters can and do move faster then one would think. Relatives have a couple of them and they are fun to watch and feed. They also will let you know if they are in their way by leaning into your legs and pushing until you move.

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JMCB01 August 03 2014 at 8:46 PM

Yes, rounding up a tortoise is a far better use of resources than rounding up all the illegals invading So Cal on a daily basis...sigh...

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keithcllrn August 03 2014 at 7:52 PM

I'm surprised they didn't beat it

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deewhy1939 August 03 2014 at 7:00 PM

We had two tortoises as pets when I was a child before it became illegal. Jim was at least 25 years old when we received him. He had spent most of that time living under a friend's house. He like his freedom and traveled all over our yard. Mom hand fed him lettuce and he used Dad's garden for the rest of his food. Turtles can move very quickly when they are focused on something. Jim proved that whenever we were slow on closing the gate.

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brewmurgy August 03 2014 at 9:35 PM

"The tortoise did try to make a run for it so we beat ever-living $&!# out it."

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abupaul brewmurgy August 03 2014 at 10:09 PM


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onemadashell brewmurgy August 04 2014 at 8:58 AM

well it is california.

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roseyoungstewart August 04 2014 at 12:47 AM

he's kind of cute.

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Pllc15 August 03 2014 at 9:09 PM

Owners of tortoises aren't aware that they are a curious lot. My neighbors lost theirs when it wondered off at their summer home last year. They put the word out it was located about 10 miles from their home after a week it got lost.

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sneakyp957 Pllc15 August 04 2014 at 8:15 AM

I doubt turtles understand the concept of "lost". They live wherever they happen to be.

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