His family calls him "Slim" yet the name doesn't fit the 50-pound sulcata tortoise who managed to break out of his family's backyard. Have no fear however, since the Pembroke Pines Police Department were able to apprehend the jaywalker as he was about to cross the street at 185 Avenue in Pembroke Pines, Florida late Wednesday afternoon.
Slim was escorted to Animal Control, and along with some dogs, cats, and a baby squirrel being nursed back to health, Slim became a ward of Pooches in Pines, a volunteer program which functions with the Pembroke Pines Police Department with civilians and sworn personnel, helping to reunite lost pets with their families.
It wasn't long before Slim's family came to claim their 20 year-old pet. The organization's Facebook page, however stated there were plenty of offers to rehome Slim just in case his family didn't reclaim him.
Sulcata tortoises are third in size to the Galapagos tortoise and the Aldabra giant tortoise. They are available as pets, but these odd but fascinating creatures need special care. They are best suited to dry and hot environments and must be kept out of cold or damp climates. As babies, they are barely three inches in size, but can grow to more than 200 pounds and can live far longer than most humans; yes, indeed their life spans can exceed 100 years.
Great rescue everyone. We love happy endings.
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