Giant pet tortoise is found after escaping its pen in northeastern Georgia

Giant pet tortoise is found after escaping its pen in northeastern Georgia

September 20th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

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.