Zip the tortoise had made it about a half-mile from its home in Carlton. Zip had forced its way out of a backyard fence Sept. 13. This prompted the owners to begin a search that included hiring a professional tracker and his dogs.
Zip had traveled about a half-mile through the woods from the Fisher’s home and was crossing the road when a motorist spotted the tortoise. It weighs about 50 pounds.
Miranda Mendenhall was traveling when she said she saw a logging truck swerve around something in the roadway.
“From far away, I thought it was a bag of trash in the middle of the road,” she said.
“I was in shock. You don’t usually see a turtle that big, so I called 911.”
Mendenhall said she had not seen the news coverage about Zip, nor had she seen the fliers posted around Carlton offering a reward for Zip’s return.
“I thought it was a wild turtle,” she said.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Zip's owner Susan Fisher said about his safe return.
Critical thinking challenge: Why would someone name a turtle “Zip?” Is it because this is a fast turtle?
- Posted on September 22, 2013