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Tortoise Escapes Zoo, Found 1/10 Of A Mile Away 2 Weeks Later

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A giant tortoise was found Wednesday only one-tenth of a mile away from the zoo after she went missing from the enclosure two weeks ago.

Abuh, the 35-year-old giant tortoise measuring 3 feet in length and weighing 121 pounds, went missing from the Shibukawa Animal Park in Japan at the beginning of August, Yahoo! News reported Wednesday. Video cameras at the zoo showed the tortoise in action leaving the gates, as the zookeepers would allow Abuh, a large tourist attraction, to walk freely around the zoo at opening hours.

“We were so relieved that she came back safely as she is so popular among children,” zoo staffer Yoshimi said upon the tortoise’s return. Zookeepers originally believed that she was kidnapped, according to the Japanese Times, and offered a $4,500 reward Tuesday for the beloved tortoise.

This was Abuh’s second escapade, as she already escaped once in July. The zoo is implementing measures to ensure that Abuh remains protected in the future.

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