UPDATED: Wayward tortoise is back home.
Staff and Associated Press report
"Tank" the wayward tortoise who had temporarily roamed free on the streets of Santa Fe is now back safely in his own yard, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society reported this afternoon.
"The tortoise owner says she doesn't know how her 12-year-old pet, dubbed Tank, escaped her yard but is happy to have him back," said shelter spokesman Ben Swan.
The 12-year-old pet escaped his yard earlier this week and was reported loose by a concerned Santa Fe resident who told officers she thought the tortoise “was huge and possibly has teeth.”
Animal control officers say they picked up a stray tortoise around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the downtown area.
The shelter's director of adoptions, Dylan Moore, has a background in working with exotic creatures.
He says the tortoise is likely an African spurred tortoise, a popular breed that does well in Northern New Mexico.