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