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Gigantor the tortoise captured by Ore. police after slow-speed chase

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Officers found the tortoise "running" loose at Hilton Drive and Elizabeth Street in the Bethel neighborhood. (EPD photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Police took a tortoise into custody Monday after a slow-speed chase.

Officers found the tortoise "running" loose at Hilton Drive and Elizabeth Street in the Bethel neighborhood.

A veterinarian kept the tortoise overnight for safekeeping while police worked to locate the owner.

The tortoise - named Gigantor - has now been reunited with its owner.

Gigantor is an over 100 pound African Spurred Tortoise, police said.

"According to his owner, Gigantor broke out some boards to his fence and took off," Eugene Police said in a statement. "It was interesting to note that while at the veterinarian's office, he was giving the kennel quite a challenge, too."