Two pet turtles make a break for it at Port Authority Bus Terminal
A dispatcher at Port Authority was shell-shocked Sunday to find two turtles – a half-hour apart – treading near the parked buses.
The first trespassing terrapin, which slipped out of its sleeping owner’s backpack, appeared on the roadway on the fourth-floor at the 42nd St. at Eighth Ave. transit hub at about 1:30 p.m, Port Authority police said.
The roving reptile crawled its way to Gate 417 before cops corralled it.
Thirty minutes later, another turtle was spotted in nearly the same spot.
Cops arrived to find a man clutching the turtle, and claiming to own the animal.
The man explained that both of his turtles had made a dash for it, so to speak, from his blue shoulder bag after he fell asleep.
Police reunited the man with his other turtle, and he was on his way.
It was not immediately clear where the man was headed. But if he were going to, say, Turtle Creek in Allegheny County, Pa., the trip would take approximately nine hours by bus – and forever by turtle.