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60-pound pet tortoise strays from Michigan home, travels half-mile before being found

DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 60-pound runaway tortoise is back home in Michigan after disappearing for several days and making it about a half-mile during that time.

The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1m7COI0 ) the pet named Franklin strayed Thursday from his home in Genesee County’s Davison Township and was found on Sunday.

Owner Chris Breuhan says family members walked his 10-acre property and started putting up flyers to see whether anyone had spotted Franklin. It turns out that the man who found him saw one of the flyers, and Franklin was brought back home.

Breuhan says he was concerned that Franklin might get run over by a vehicle in the rural area, which is roughly 50 miles northwest of Detroit.

“Nothing will eat him,” Breuhan said, noting that: “He’s too big.”


Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint