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Pet tortoise reunited with owner

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — A 17-year-old pet tortoise missing for several days has been united with its owner in DeKalb. The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports the African sulcate tortoise named Henry went missing Tuesday. Owner Jerry Seablom says a friend accidentally left the gate to the backyard open. That’s where Henry lives in the summer months. Another DeKalb resident, Rick Shott, heard about the lost tortoise and set off to look for it, finding the animal on Saturday in a soybean field close to a golf course. Seablom says Henry is doing fine and has no injuries. He says Henry was munching on weeds when he walked up to him. He says the tortoise can walk quite fast. When the weather is colder, Seablom keeps the tortoise inside the house.

Woman who bit camel to escape denies throwing treats

GROSS TETE, La. (AP) — The Florida woman who bit a 600-pound (272-kilogram) camel to escape from beneath it denies that she and her husband threw treats for their dog into the camel’s enclosure at a Louisiana truck stop. Gloria Lancaster told The Advocate on Wednesday that she broke bones and had to have her lungs drained of blood after Caspar the camel knocked her over and sat on her at the Grosse Tete petting zoo. Lancaster admits she crawled into the pen to retrieve her dog but disputes the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office’s accusations that the couple threw treats into it. Lancaster says she doesn’t fault the camel and understands he was only protecting his territory. The couple was cited for not leashing their dog, but Lancaster says the truck stop should’ve better secured its enclosure.

Proposal would legalize car break-ins to save people, pets

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A public hearing has been scheduled Monday on a Lincoln proposal that would offer legal protection to people who break vehicle windows to save children or animals from dangerous heat. Councilman James Michael Bowers told the Lincoln Journal Star his proposal would remove a legal gray area and would let people act with confidence if they were to follow specific steps. Authorities say nearly 50 children in the U.S. have died this year after being left in hot vehicles, but none in Lincoln in recent years.