Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coming out of Its Shell: Owner IDs Tortoise Found Roaming Edmonton Streets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coming out of Its Shell: Owner IDs Tortoise Found Roaming Edmonton Streets

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Large 11-kg tortoise identified by owner

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EDMONTON - There was no sign of a hare when an 11-kilogram tortoise was found roaming free in Edmonton before he was eventually identified by its owner.

The Animal Care and Control Centre says the tortoise was discovered north of the city's downtown on Wednesday night.

Tanya Laughren, the centre's community relations adviser , says someone saw him and thought he shouldn't be out on his own.

The centre says that unlike a cat or dog, the tortoise didn't have a microchip to help find his owner.

The tortoise -- named Torty -- looked quite proud of himself, surrounded, by his rescuers, in a photo posted on the centre's Facebook page.

The post was shared extensively and Torty's owner contacted the centre.

"We've been able to identify someone who we think is the owner. …

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