Aww Bud was just going on an adventure! 

After over 12 years of captivity, Budzilla “Bud” the Tortoise, attempted to make a valiant escape from a life of confinement in the Shasta-Hanchett neighborhood of San Jose yesterday. The 95-pound African tortoise was spotted on Hanchett Avenue as he lumbered towards emancipation, but his run for freedom was eventually foiled when he stopped in a neighbor’s yard to snack on a piece of fruit.

Bud was just four short miles and one airline ticket away from San Jose International Airport when neighbors cornered him in the yard until police could arrive to haul him away. Neighbor Glen Jones identified the reptile as Bud, “belonging” to neighbor Brian McClelland. Bud was returned to his captor, who actually seems like a nice guy, around 8 p.m. yesterday evening.

Aww Bud was just going on an adventure! 

After over 12 years of captivity, Budzilla “Bud” the Tortoise, attempted to make a valiant escape from a life of confinement in the Shasta-Hanchett neighborhood of San Jose yesterday. The 95-pound African tortoise was spotted on Hanchett Avenue as he lumbered towards emancipation, but his run for freedom was eventually foiled when he stopped in a neighbor’s yard to snack on a piece of fruit.

Bud was just four short miles and one airline ticket away from San Jose International Airport when neighbors cornered him in the yard until police could arrive to haul him away. Neighbor Glen Jones identified the reptile as Bud, “belonging” to neighbor Brian McClelland. Bud was returned to his captor, who actually seems like a nice guy, around 8 p.m. yesterday evening.

Well this sign sucks! so make a new one so your torties can get home safe darn it! 

Gilbert Police spotted one of these speedycreatures making its way along a sidewalk in the Power Ranch subdivision on Thursday. An officer contacted members of the surrounding neighborhood to find out who had lost the 25-pound African Tortoise.

None of the nearby neighbors could recall losing a 25-pound tortoise. Power Ranch staff eventually informed the officer that a resident had reported her tortoise missing a few weeks back.

It turns out that the missing tortoise found by Gilbert police is not the tortoise that the resident lost. She promised to care for the tortoise, but is still looking for her 10-pound Sonoran Desert Tortoise, Harriet, originally named Harry — inspired by Harry Potter — until it was discovered to be female.

The African tortoise has now been reunited with its original owner — another Power Ranch resident. But the tortoise of the kind caretaker is still on the loose somewhere — likely moving at a very slow pace.

(torttime would like to note that its likely not as slow as you think!)

Well this sign sucks! so make a new one so your torties can get home safe darn it! 

Gilbert Police spotted one of these speedycreatures making its way along a sidewalk in the Power Ranch subdivision on Thursday. An officer contacted members of the surrounding neighborhood to find out who had lost the 25-pound African Tortoise.

None of the nearby neighbors could recall losing a 25-pound tortoise. Power Ranch staff eventually informed the officer that a resident had reported her tortoise missing a few weeks back.

It turns out that the missing tortoise found by Gilbert police is not the tortoise that the resident lost. She promised to care for the tortoise, but is still looking for her 10-pound Sonoran Desert Tortoise, Harriet, originally named Harry – inspired by Harry Potter – until it was discovered to be female.

The African tortoise has now been reunited with its original owner – another Power Ranch resident. But the tortoise of the kind caretaker is still on the loose somewhere – likely moving at a very slow pace.

(torttime would like to note that its likely not as slow as you think!)