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CHP Officers Catch Up With Slow Moving Runaway On Central Coast

(Buellton CHP photo)
CHP officers from Buellton load a runaway tortoise into their patrol unit for a trip to an animal shelter

It’s a photo from the Central Coast which has gone viral.

Two California Highway Patrol officers loaded a giant runaway tortoise into their patrol unit found roaming around the Santa Ynez Valley for a ride to an animal rescue center.

Someone spotted the 150 pound creature Sunday night on Edison Street.

The turtle was carefully loaded by two officers into a patrol unit and driven to a shelter.

Its owner later claimed the African tortoise, named Rufus. The big reptile had wandered off of the nearby ten acre chunk of land where it lives.

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