Tortoise returned after 2 1/2 weeks on the lam

Published: July 7, 2008 | 7163rd good news item since 2003

A 60-pound tortoise that escaped from a family‘s garage last month is back home after a 2 1/2-week adventure that took him through three northwestern Indiana towns.

The couple had earlier called Highland and Hammond police, but Munster officers knew all about the missing reptile, which had turned up at a gas station not long after his escape.

Fourteen-year-old Kylie Hirchak said Tank, who escaped when someone left open a garage door, is like a member of the family. He‘s one of two tortoises the family owns.

Her 12-year-old sister, Kelsie, had feared that Tank fell into a ditch or that someone put him in a pond and he drowned.

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