KHP troopers in Salina help owner reunite with missing tortoise

SALINA, Kan. (KWCH) A Salina man reunites with his tortoise, thanks in part to troopers with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The KHP says a concerned citizen spotted the large animal crossing Markley Road by the baseball fields in Salina and stopped to make sure a vehicle didn't hit it.

That's when Master Trooper Craig Davis and Lt. J.L. Riedel stopped to assist.

Kansas Highway Patrol Troop C shared photos of the tortoise on their Facebook page Thursday. In the post, the KHP says the turtle was on the loose for three years.

Friday afternoon, the tortoise's owner clarified that the tortoise hadn't been on its own for more than about a day but did wander off in a separate incident about three years ago.

"Lucky enough the owner placed an ID tag on the shell just for this occasion," troopers said in the post. "The owner was amazed and delighted to find out that his turtle had been found and was still alive."

The tortoise's owner, Curtis Kauer says the shelled pet, named Sulley, is about 30 years old and weighs about 100 pounds. Kauer says Sulley was fed about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday before wandering off.

"He was on the lam for 20 hours or so this time," Kauer says.

He explains the ID tag on Sulley's shell is a dog tag with contact information on it, bolted on the shell. Kauer says he's glad troopers were able to track him down from that ID and reunite him with Sulley.

"I am very grateful to (the Kansas Highway Patrol), animal control and good Samaritans that found him and called," Kauer says. "He's home and (Friday) morning was still contained."