ATHOL (CBS) – Apparently even a tortoise can run away from home.

Athol police said an officer came across a 40-pound African spurred tortoise on Partridgeville Road “and subsequently offered the animal lettuce in order to lure it closer.”

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Police soon learned that the tortoise had gone missing from an Athol resident’s home more than a mile from where they found it.

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The New England Aquarium and Massachusetts Environmental Police assisted in helping officers safely return the 6-year-old “runaway” tortoise to its owner.