21.9.09

LUCKY FREEWAY

A tortoise with a taste for life in the fast lane has been
rescued after he was found wandering
across a slip road in Surrey.

He was plucked to safety by John Formby, who
pulled over on the hard shoulder after
spotting him on the M23 at junction
seven of the M25.

The site manager from Worthing, West Sussex said he at
first thought it was debris, but then spotted a head.
Vets discovered he was micro-chipped in the
USA, and have named him
Freeway.

Mr Formby, 43, recalled how he feared the tortoise
could cause an accident with people trying to avoid it.
"I pulled over, put my hazard lights on and ran 400
yards down the hard shoulder," he said.

"Some other cars were coming up and a couple went round
the tortoise. Two cars and a van drove straight over it,
straddling it, but it didn't go back into its shell.
By the time I'd run back, it had got into the slow
lane. I ran out, picked it up and put it
into the foot well of my car."


He then stopped off at a supermarket to buy it some
tomatoes and lettuce before dropping it into Grove
Lodge Veterinary Hospital in Worthing on
Wednesday afternoon.

Billy Elliott (above with Freeway), of
Worthing and
District Animal Rescue Service, said the tortoise
was very friendly and in good condition.


"He must be someone's pet and the family have
relocated from abroad and brought him with
them. He's very lucky to have survived. It
would be the icing on the cake if we
could reunite him with his owners."


If you have any idea who owns Freeway
please contact the animal rescue
service on 01903 217788.


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