Posted February 15, 2017 15:15:55
A pet turtle who escaped his backyard pond to navigate country roads and vineyards during soaring temperatures has been reunited with his owner through social media.
Skipper the turtle covered about 2 kilometres in two days, in Renmark, South Australia.
Keeping up the steady pace of the tortoise rather than the hare, it gave him an average speed of 41 metres each hour, or 70 centimetres each minute.
His small dinner-plate shell helped him survive 45-degree heat, and good instincts had him follow water from a wine grape dripper system.
But it was sheer luck that led him to safely dodge cars and avoid predators, before being rescued by a woman and finally reunited with his owner …