Wandering tortoise returned to its owner

Did anyone ever claim the turtle that Central Point police rescued from the road last Monday? If not, I would like to know where the turtle is staying so that I might adopt it.

— Kris K., Medford

The African spurred tortoise that stopped traffic in Central Point July 8 has been returned to its owner, Kris.

Motorists phoned police at around 3:45 p.m. that day to report that the 30-pound reptile was walking down Lathrop Drive near 10th Street.

The tortoise was in danger of getting run over or causing a traffic accident, so officers responded and placed it in protective custody.

The tortoise was taken to Roxy Ann Veterinary Hospital and returned to the owner the next day, according to Central Point Master Police Officer Bo Schoen.

The turtle is on a list of non-native reptiles that can be legally bought and sold in Oregon. Like all exotic animals, however, the tortoise cannot legally be released into the wild here.

So the good news, Kris, is that you should be able to buy one of these animals and raise it as your own. Just remember to keep a close eye on your tortoise — apparently they are accomplished escape artists, along with being faster than hares.

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