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Runaway 100-Pound Tortoise Returns Home To Family

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A giant tortoise in Arizona proves that slow and steady really does win the race!

18-year-old Samson the Tortoise escaped from his owners' casa Grande home in November 2012. The owners say the 100-pound sulcata tortoise wandered out through an open gate after finding some alfalfa.

He roamed around for a while before someone found him 30 miles away from the home in Hidden Valley. Samson was then taken to a Maricopa foster home.

After an online posting, and a microchip in his leg, he was returned back to his owners The Plumb Family.

Mary Plumb says someone who took care of the animals, who was out in the yard, left a gate open.

13-year-old Charles Plum is thrilled to have Samson back home.

"I was coming in and my parents told me we got the tortoise back and so I just dropped my backpack and ran over here," Charles said.

The Plumbs not only have 18 tortoises, but they take care of chickens, dozens of peacocks, tarantulas, pet snakes, 20 guinea fowls and an alpaca.

Mary says she couldn't wait to feed Samson his favorite food apples.

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