GILBERT, Ariz. (KSAZ) - UPDATE -- Gilbert police say the lost tortoise has been reunited with its owner! Thanks to everyone for their help!
Exciting news! Our special visitor 🐢 found his owner! Thank you all for helping us spread the word & connect him w/ his family. 🚔💙 pic.twitter.com/NedyGMzEOL— Gilbert Police Dept. (@GilbertPolice) July 14, 2017
It was certainly an interesting sight Thursday in a Gilbert neighborhood, as a tortoise was spotted roaming the street.
Soon after the spotting, police officers came to the rescue. They have been posting pictures and videos all day hoping to reunite the creature with its owner.
Gilbert Police received the rare call during the morning hours, which led them to the scene at Cooper and Guadalupe, where the tortoise was wandering. Sergeant Darrell Krueger with Gilbert Police said it was someone in the neighborhood who spotted the creature.
"There was a local cable employee who found the tortoise. Tried to move it, but they really couldn't handle it, and called the police," said Sgt. Krueger. "We sent our tortoise response unit out."
Officers were able roundup the runaway tortoise, and bring it to the police station. They later put the information on social media, in hopes to find the owner.
"Luckily, we have enough people at the station that own tortoises that we can provide care for it," said Sgt. Krueger. He said the tortoise was given some food and water, and appeared to be in good condition.
The foot pursuit was very short actually," said Sgt. Krueger. "He might have been a little lethargic, but seems to be in good health. Impossible to tell the age. We're guessing a 50-60 pounds tortoise."
The owner still hasn't come forward, and the tortoise's stay with Gilbert Police will be a short one, as people over at the Phoenix Herpetological Society will take the creature to their facility by Friday.