- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - Nick the pet tortoise is once again chomping lettuce and watermelon after a five-hour rescue freed him from underground power lines.

KPHO-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1J3Q4c1) Chandler resident Michael Dunn and his family own five African spurred sulcata tortoises, and when Nick didn’t come out of his burrow for a week, Dunn says he crawled in to investigate.

He found the 100-pound tortoise had made his way beneath a cement block fence five feet underground and was trapped by SRP power lines.

The utility company came out, and workers decided Nick had to be saved.

Sonar equipment, a backhoe and five hours later, Nick emerged hungry and dehydrated.

The Dunns are planning to tortoise-proof their yard.

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Information from: KPHO-TV, https://www.kpho.com/

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