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Posted: 12:18 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. —
A wayward tortoise created a stir Thursday afternoon in one San Jose neighborhood, as residents tried to corral the unexpected visitor. People spotted the reptile crawling down the street and many said they couldn't believe what they were seeing. "Me and my friend were driving down the street and we saw this thing crawling and walking and we said 'Hey, there's a turtle,'" said Abdullah Razai. Razai followed the 95-pound African tortoise down Hanchett Avenue and called police. But the tortoise had its own agenda and barreled down the sidewalks and into the grass as neighbors stopped and stared. The animal made its way down the block into someone's backyard and decided it was time to snack on a piece of fruit. A neighbor told KTVU where the tortoise came from. "His name is Bud, which is short of Budzilla," Glen Jones said. Neighbors tried to rein in Budzilla and stop it from getting away until police arrived. Officers ended up tracking down Budzilla's neighbor, who lives a couple blocks away. Budzilla was reunited with its owner, Brian McClelland, just after 8 p.m. McClelland said he was grateful for all of his neighbors help. He said he's had Budzilla since the 12-year-old reptile it was a hatchling.
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