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Lost Giant Tortoise Startles Logan Residents

LOGAN, Utah (AP) – Residents in Logan were startled to see a 127-pound giant tortoise wandering down a street after it escaped from its owner.

Assistant police chief Jeff Curtis says the African spurred tortoise was spotted Monday afternoon and that it was 3 to 4 feet wide.

He says it was so large that it took two animal control officers to load it into a vehicle and take it to the Willow Park Zoo, where it was quarantined until owner Curtis Baird claimed it.

Baird says he owns nine tortoises and recently moved to Logan. He says Timmy the 21-year-old tortoise has escaped twice in a week and he doesn’t know how the animal is getting out.

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