- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Anyone missing their pet tortoise? That’s what the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society wants to know.

Animal control officers with the Santa Fe Animal Services say they picked up a stray tortoise around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the downtown area.

The shelter’s director of adoptions, Dylan Moore, has a background in working with exotic creatures.

He says the tortoise is likely an African spurred tortoise, a popular breed that does well in Northern New Mexico.

Moore says the tortoise is about 2 feet long, 1 ½ feet wide and likely several years old. They have a lifespan of between 50 and 150 years.

Moore says tortoises are notorious for pushing through a fence or digging under a fence.

The wayward tortoise likely wandered off from its owner.


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