Why did it take so long? Moment when cops catch huge ‘runaway’ turtle… a mile from home
- The giant African sulcata tortoise, known as Titan, fled from its enclosure
- The nine-stone pet managed to make it a mile over Kesgrave, near Ipswich
- Suffolk Police arrived to rescue the animal and returned it to its owner
Shello ‘ello’ ello, what’s going on here then… police officers pounce on a fugitive who escaped from his cage, leading them on a slow chase.
Fortunately for the law-abiding citizens of Suffolk, the escaped man was more on the run than on the run.
The giant African sulcata tortoise, known as Titan, fled its enclosure, reaching a mile across town before being spotted by a startled member of the public.
The giant African sulcata tortoise, known as Titan, fled its enclosure and reached a mile over Kesgrave, near Ipswich before being spotted by a startled member of the public
With a top speed of about 0.3 mph, it was a doomed escape plan.
But it took three officers to lift the 35-year-old nine-stone pet into a van and drive it home to Kesgrave, near Ipswich.
Owner Richard Aston, 35, described the incident as a “mystery” because Titan had not broken through its hiding place.
“Maybe he was teleported there. There was no sign that the gate was broken and he can’t jump over it — it’s 3 feet high,” he said.
It took three officers to lift the 35-year-old nine-stone pet into a van and drive him home to owner Richard Aston
Suffolk police posted pictures of his capture online, saying: “Thank you again to the vigilant members of the public in locating this person in hiding.”
Police also joked that the animal was “too big for the van, so it had to travel by the side of the car,” adding the hashtag “slowjustice.”
The African sulcata, or track turtle, hails from the southern edge of the Sahara and is the third largest turtle species in the world.