Tortoise picked up by California Highway Patrol

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The animal was returned to its owners a couple of hours later.

A 250-pound tortoise was rescued by police after being spotted by the side of the road.

The animal was picked up – literally – by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers in Santa Ynez after being spotted by a member of the public.

On July 14, 2019, at approximately 5:50 pm, officers from the Buellton Area received a call of a large tortoise located…

Posted by CHP – Buellton on Sunday, July 14, 2019

The tortoise was taken in by animal rescue while CHP worked to locate its owners – who were reunited with their pet a couple of hours later.

A tortoise being put into a police car
Officers managed to manoeuvre the tortoise into the back of their car (California Highway Patrol)

One joked: “Hope he wasn’t cited for speeding.”

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