Zoo's Tortoise Spends 2 Weeks on the Lam, Gets Nowhere
By Michael Harthorne
August 17, 2017
The top speed of a giant tortoise on dry land, according to Gizmodo, is about 0.17mph.
That turned out to be great news for Japan's Shibukawa Animal Park, which had a 121-pound Aldabra giant tortoise named Abuh escape earlier this month. Channel News Asia reports Abuh is allowed to wander around the zoo during operating hours. But on Aug. 1, the 35-year-old tortoise wandered right on out, according to the Asahi Shimbun.
Aldabra giant tortoises can survive for months without food or water, but the zoo was anxious to have Abuh back and was offering a $4,500 reward for her safe return.