75-pound tortoise outruns and survives California wildfire

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jul 27, 2016

A 75-pound tortoise has been reunited with his owners after he was found attempting to outrun the wildfires that have forced thousands of people to evacuate north of Los Angeles.

According to ABC News, the owners of Tank the tortoise were forced to leave him behind earlier this week when the Sand Fire threatened to destroy their home.



"Because of the tight time frame he was given, my husband was only able to take our two dogs, his bearded dragon and the essentials," said Wendy Collins, Tank’s owner, to ABC News.

Luckily, Collins was able to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who worked with the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care (DACC) to put together a rescue mission for Tank.

Aaron Reyes, the deputy director of the DACC, finally spotted Tank near Collins’ home “walking as quickly as he could away from the fires.”

Collins, who has owned Tank since he was “the size of a small pin” and went by the name Pebbles, was ecstatic to have him home.

"When he got home, the first thing he did was go straight to bed," she said. "He's adorable. We're so glad this had a happy ending."

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.