Zoo took two weeks to find runaway tortoise 140m from enclosure

An Aldabra giant tortoise of the same type as that which escaped in Japan.
An Aldabra giant tortoise of the same type as that which escaped in Japan. Photo credit: Getty

A tortoise that escaped from a zoo in Japan has finally been caught - within sight of her enclosure.

Abu, a female Aldabra giant tortoise, went missing from Shibukawa Zoo two weeks ago.

She was found on Wednesday (local time) 50m outside the zoo's gates, in a neighbouring forest. She'd travelled about 140m in total.

"I feel relieved. From now on, we'll make sure to take perfect care of our animal," zookeeper Yoshimi Yamane told local media.

Abu the Aldabra giant tortoise.
Abu the Aldabra giant tortoise. Photo credit: KSB5CH/YouTube

Another zookeeper defended the two weeks it took them to find Abu - although tortoises are notoriously slow, it's not as if she only made it 140m in 14 days.

"She might have climbed a mountain, making a big detour."

 A ¥500,000 ($6200) reward has been offered for her capture.

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