Mesa police help corral a pair of tortoises - Tucson News Now

Mesa police help corral a pair of tortoises

(Source: Mesa Police Department) (Source: Mesa Police Department)
MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

Authorities in Mesa helped corral a pair of desert tortoises Sunday morning.

Mesa police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Landato said one of their officers on patrol came across the reptiles in the road about 8 a.m. near 32nd Street and McKellips.

Landato said the two were found making their way south in the northbound lanes. A slow speed pursuit ensued.

The tortoises were eventually contained by officers and put into a patrol car. 

Landato said it was soon learned they had escaped from their home nearby. The two African Spurred Thigh Tortoises were returned safely to their home.

According to Arizona Game & Fish, tortoises like these are called "spur-thighed" because their hind legs have a very large, horny spur-like projection.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. 

 

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Computer problems with death certificate database holding up burials

    Computer problems with death certificate database holding up burials

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 1:07 AM EDT2017-10-18 05:07:56 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The problem is becoming increasingly troubling for some of the smaller funeral homes in Tucson that are running out of refrigeration space. Bring’s Funeral home is currently at capacity, and they worry this has the potential to become a public health crisis. 

    The problem is becoming increasingly troubling for some of the smaller funeral homes in Tucson that are running out of refrigeration space. Bring’s Funeral home is currently at capacity, and they worry this has the potential to become a public health crisis. 

  • Laundry room fire temporarily displaces family of four

    Laundry room fire temporarily displaces family of four

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 12:41 AM EDT2017-10-18 04:41:17 GMT
    Damage from laundry room fire. (Source: Tucson Fire Department)Damage from laundry room fire. (Source: Tucson Fire Department)

    Crews from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a 911 call about a house fire in the 8900 block of East Bears Path Road on the far east side.   

    Crews from the Tucson Fire Department responded to a 911 call about a house fire in the 8900 block of East Bears Path Road on the far east side.   

  • TUSD approves teacher raise

    TUSD approves teacher raise

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 10:37 PM EDT2017-10-18 02:37:46 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The vote was 5 to 0 in favor of the raise.  

    The vote was 5 to 0 in favor of the raise.  

Powered by Frankly