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150-pound tortoise found strolling in LA suburb

 ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) -- A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.

The Alhambra Police Department says a local family claimed the 150-pound reptile named Clark on Sunday, a day after it was spotted strolling on the street.

It took two officers to heft the creature into a patrol car so they could turn it over to animal control authorities.

The department posted photos of Clark on its Facebook page in hopes of finding the owner and cracked a "Tortoise and Hare" joke about officers capturing the reptile after a brief pursuit.

No word yet on how far the tortoise had gone from home when it was caught.

A call to a police spokesman wasn't immediately returned.
   AP-WF-08-04-14 0157GMT


ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) -- At least officers didn't have to issue a speeding ticket when they spotted a giant tortoise ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles.

Police in Alhambra say they found the 150-pound reptile Saturday afternoon. It took two officers to heft the creature into a patrol car so they could take it to the local police station.

Police then turned over the reptile to animal control authorities.

Giant tortoises are not indigenous to the Los Angeles area.

Authorities are asking anyone whose big tortoise went missing this weekend to contact them.

They say the reptile has some distinctive markings. They aren't revealing them for now, however, to ensure that whoever claims the tortoise is its rightful owner.
   AP-WF-08-03-14 1747GMT
 
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