PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A 100-pound tortoise on the loose in a Virginia neighborhood didn’t get far before his escape plan was foiled.

The Virginian Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2syvtzx ) that the giant tortoise named Sampson was found wandering around a neighborhood in Portsmouth on Sunday after apparently escaping his nearby home.

A neighbor called animal control officials and a crew of four people carried Sampson into a truck. Officials were going to take him a tortoise habitat, but eventually found his owner and returned him.

Officer Brenda Quintana says the owner bought Sampson at a pet store 22 years ago.

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