Tortoise’s great escape foiled by Springfield police (and a nap)

Tortoise’s great escape foiled by Springfield police (and a nap)

Oh, Horatio. We can’t blame you for stopping for a nap! Planning that great escape alone would have tired us out!  

SPRINGFIELD — Sometimes the getaway isn’t always a high-speed one.

Such is the case with Horatio the tortoise, who escaped from his Springfield home and was reported missing by his owner Tuesday evening.

Springfield police officers Caitlin Gold and Robert Rosales responded to the report of the missing reptile, searching close to Horatio’s home, as the average speed of the male tortoise is 0.13 mph.

The tortoise was quickly found, just about 10 feet on the opposite side of his fenced backyard, Springfield police Lt. Scott McKee said in a press release.

In fact, Horatio’s great escape must have tired him out.

“He was asleep when we found him,” said Rosales, who has no formal training in tortoise-wrangling.

“He could have gotten another 20 or 30 feet if we hadn’t got there when we did,” Rosales said, joking about the urgency of the situation.

Horatio was safely returned home by officers, but not before they took some photos with the wayward tortoise.

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