California officers reunite 250-pound tortoise with owners

SANTA YNEZ, California (AP) — A 250-pound tortoise that wandered away from its home has been rescued after California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers found it on the side of a road. And no, they didn’t arrest it for speeding.

The highway patrol said it got a call about the big reptile last Sunday evening.

It was spotted on the shoulder of a road in Santa Ynez, about 161 kilometres northwest of Los Angeles.

Santa Ynez Animal Rescue picked up the tortoise before CHP officers arrived.

The CHP officers located the owners, put the tortoise in the patrol car and delivered it to them about two hours later.

The 250-pound tortoise in a patrol car. – AP