CARLTON, Ga. — A giant tortoise that went missing in northeast Georgia has been found after a motorist spotted the 50-pound animal crossing a road.
Miranda Mendenhall tells The Athens Banner-Herald that she saw a logging truck swerve around something on Lexington Carlton Road on Thursday afternoon. She thought it was a bag of trash at first, but then called 911 when she realized it was a huge tortoise.
Zip the tortoise had made it about a half-mile from its home in Carlton. Zip had forced its way out of a backyard fence Sept. 13, touching off a search.