150-Pound Runaway Tortoise Back At Home After 74 Days On The Lam
Solomon the Tortoise went on summer vacation, and just got back.
The 150-pound reptile escaped from his home in Ashland City, Tennessee on June 8, and wandered around for 74 days.
His owner, Lynn Cole, said she's had Solomon since he was the hatchling the size of a ping-pong ball. He's about 36 inches long and he's still growing after 15 years. African spurred tortoises can live for over 100 years.
Lynn said she posted photos all over social media in hope that someone would find him, and put up fliers all around the area. She reached out to zoos and animal rescue groups, but nobody had seen Solomon.
Last Thursday, Lynn got a call from a guy who said he saw Solomon at a construction site, about 1/8th mile down from her house.
She and her husband found the little guy caked in mud, tired, and hungry, but in good health. He's a vegetarian, so he was able to live off of grass, dandelions, and whatever other plants he came across.
When they got home, Lynn gave Solomon his favorite foods: a mix of collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, watermelon rinds, some bananas and carrots.
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