Fleet-footed gi­ant tor­toise es­capes Ja­pan zoo...yet again

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Tokyo, Ja­pan - The es­capee is fe­male, weighs 55kg and has a ‘gen­tle’ dis­po­si­tion - but a his­tory of run­ning away. A Ja­panese zoo said it was search­ing for its gi­ant tor­toise, which has es­caped for the sec­ond time in less than two weeks. The rep­tile, mea­sur­ing about 1m in length, was cap­tured on se­cu­rity cam­eras as she wan­dered out of the main en­trance of Shibukawa An­i­mal Park in west­ern Ja­pan’s Okayama pre­fec­ture on Tues­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to zoo staffer Yoshimi Ya­mane.

The tor­toise ‘won't im­me­di­ately die be­cause it will eat grass avail­able around the zoo, but we’re all very wor­ried’, Yoshimi told AFP. She added that the zoo has re­ceived no re­ports of sight­ings of the ap­prox­i­mately 35 year old tor­toise. Tues­day’s es­cape was the sec­ond time in less than a fort­night that the fleet-footed rep­tile, which is al­lowed to walk freely in­side the park dur­ing open­ing hours, fled the zoo.

“She can walk faster than we can ever imag­ine.”

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