Pet tortoise reunited with owners after 9-month, 2-mile journey

Published: May 12, 2006 | 4127th good news item since 2003

Columbus’ own Plucky isn’t the only fortunate turtle in the world.

Horace, a Herman’s tortoise, was discovered Wednesday along a country road in Wales. Horace disappeared from his owners’ home roughly two miles away in August of last year, according to the South Wales Echo newspaper. The BBC calculated that Horace must have traveled less than 15 yards a day during his nine-month escape.

The man who picked Horace up works for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and he took the tortoise to a veterinarian for a check-up. Horace had been microchipped by his owners, and his identity was discovered when the veterinarian scanned him.

What’s the difference between a tortoise like Horace and a turtle like Plucky? According to the website of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club, the word turtle can be used to describe all species in the zoological order Testudines. Tortoises are a subgroup of turtles who live on land, have a high-domed shell, and go to water only to drink and bathe. Most people use the term turtle to describe all other species of Testudines who spend much of their time in the water.

Published in Animals, Odd
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