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Police pursue giant tortoise through suburban LA

A giant tortoise has been returned to its owners after a brief police pursuit through suburban LA. It took two officers to heft the giant tortoise into a patrol car so they could turn it over to animal control authorities.

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This Aug. 2, 2014 photo provided by the Alhambra Police Department shows a giant tortoise that was found wandering the streets of Alhambra, Calif.

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A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.

The Alhambra Police Department says a local family claimed the 150-pound reptile named Clark on Sunday, a day after it was spotted strolling on the street.

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It took two officers to heft the creature into a patrol car so they could turn it over to animal control authorities.

The department posted photos of Clark on its Facebook page in hopes of finding the owner and cracked a "Tortoise and Hare" joke about officers capturing the reptile after a brief pursuit.

No word yet on how far the tortoise had gone from home when it was caught.

A call to a police spokesman wasn't immediately returned.


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