Plodding getaway of the tortoise aged 100
The good Samaritan took the centenarian home before seeing an article in the local paper about a tortoise having gone missing amid fears he had been stolen.
The man then returned Fred to his owners Terry Phelps, 86 and his wife Sue, 73, who had been worried since the pet went absent 168 hours earlier.
In that time he had made it just one mile from their home in Blackfield, near Southampton, Hants.
Mr Phelps, a scout leader, who has had Fred for more than 30 years, said: “I can’t thank Fred’s saviour enough.
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“I hadn’t had a full night’s sleep since he went missing.”
The motorist, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “He was right in the middle of the carriageway and I almost ran him over.
“I’m very glad I picked him up and didn’t just leave him there.”