Tortoise escapes home, slows traffic in Santa Fe

Created: 07/01/2014 2:44 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

SANTA FE, N.M. – A runaway tortoise caused a traffic back up on Old Santa Fe Trail on Tuesday morning.

According to Santa Fe police, the African Spurred or Sulcata Tortoise named Plato escaped from a home on North Spur Road and may have been missing overnight.

Officers were able to capture the 150-pound tortoise and reunite him with his owner.

The male tortoise is 15 years old, and his owner says he was likely searching for her granddaughter, Lola, who came to visit from San Diego and left on Sunday. She says the tortoise loves 8-year-old Lola, who sings to him and feeds him kale. The owner said Plato even lets her ride on his back and gets depressed when she leaves.

Santa Fe police said Lola was overjoyed to hear officers were able to bring Plato back to his home and she can't wait to visit him and grandma again.

Anyone who needs assistance of Animal Services Officers can contact the department at (505)-955-2701.

Plato escaped from his home on North Spur Road and slowed traffic while crossing Old Santa Fe Trail.

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