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Arizona police rescue runaway tortoise, taking it into police custody

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According to Arizona's 3TV, the tortoise was found by police after it got separated from its owner. (Courtesy: Gilbert Police)

GILBERT, Ariz. (WSYX/WTTE) - A normal day on the job took an unexpected turn Arizona Police after a huge runaway tortoise way taken into police custody.

According to Arizona's 3TV, the tortoise was found by police after it got separated from its owner.

"Not sure how long it was out - maybe overnight. But by the time we got it here it seems to be recovering well," said Gilbert Police Sgt Darrell Krueger.

CNN said the African Spurred Tortoise was spotted cruising the street when it was spotted by a good samaritan. The good samaritan then called police for backup.

"Our officers went out and were able to locate the tortoise and brought it back in hopes of reuniting it with its owner," said Krueger.

Gilbert Police then took to social media to get the word out about the missing tortoise.

But as it turns out, there was a lot of lost tortoises in the area.

"So there have been a lot of people who have come by to see if this is their lost tortoise, but unfortunately it turns out there's just a lot of lost tortoises in the valley," said reporter Amanda Goodman, 3TV reporter.

The latest plan was to turn the tortoise over to the Herpetological Society, which is better equipped to foster him until he can be reunited with his family.

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