The Great Tortoise Escape

Two days after Maddie Tibble and her family moved to a new house, their family pet, a tortoise named Lottie, escaped. Two years later, they found the runaway tortoise ... one and a half mile away from home!

Doubtless a hare could have made the journey across the fields and down nearby Blackshots Lane in a matter of minutes. But Lottie took her time and spent 22 months to emerge into the open and be spotted by a animal-friendly passer-by.

Vet Lizzie Rigby, 36, checked Lottie over and gave her a clean bill of health. She said: 'We looked her over and then checked for a microchip with a scanner and she had one. 'We then contacted the chip company to get the owner's detailed and found she had been missing for two years. We were amazed, considering she was in such good nick.'

Miss Rigby added: 'Tortoises are quite slow, she didn't get very far, who knows where she has been? 'She must have found somewhere to curl up and hibernate for the winter. We were very surprised because the last winter was so cold but she survived.'

If you do the math, you'll come up with 0.00009 mph: Link

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The tortoise running away and not getting very far part of the story doesnt interest me but I am intrigued that someone would think to test a tortoise for a microchip. Do they not have wild tortoises in this area? Was this one distinct in some way to lead them to believe it was a pet? I have seen dozens of turtles and tortoises and never once thought they might be a runaway pet.
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