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Japan: a giant tortoise found 140m from the zoo after a two week getaway

Ⓒ SHIBUKAWA ANIMAL PARK/AFP – Handout – | Abuh, a 35-year-old giant tortoise, was found 140 meters from the Shibukawa Wildlife Park (Okayama Prefecture)

A giant tortoise that had fled from a Japanese zoo two weeks ago was found safe and safe Wednesday at 140 meters away.

Named Abuh, this 35-year-old female, measuring one meter in length, had evaporated from the Shibukawa Wildlife Park (Okayama Prefecture) in early August after being allowed to walk freely during the hours of operation.

Park guards, unable to find the turtle, had offered a reward of 500,000 yen (about 3,800 euros) to the one that would allow his return.

Their strategy paid off, since the reptile of 55 kilos was reported to them, seen in a massif not far from there.

Ⓒ SHIBUKAWA ANIMAL PARK/AFP – Handout – | The Abuh tortoise, a 55-kilogram female, was found in a massif near the Shibukawa Wildlife Park (Okayama Prefecture)

“We were so relieved that she came back safe, because she is very much loved by children,” said Yoshimi Yamane, a staff member of the zoo, adding that the Abuh turtle was a “sweet” natural.

“We will try to take new measures to ensure that this does not happen again,” Yoshimi Yamane added, without giving further details.

It was the second time in a month that Abuh disappeared. His return to the zoo made the headlines of the news broadcasts of the public channel NHK.

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