Large Tortoise Hit, Killed on California Interstate

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
desert tortoise

desert tortoise

WHITEWATER, Calif. (AP) - This was a race the 150-pound tortoise was not going to win.

The first report came in to the California Highway Patrol at 3:23 p.m. Sunday: A massive tortoise was trying to cross Interstate 10 eastbound, in the Southern California desert not far from Palm Springs.

The Desert Sun reports ( ) that about 15 minutes later, the tortoise was pronounced dead. No motorist was reported injured.

While coyotes and even a bear have been spotted trying to cross the freeway, Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said he can't recall receiving a call about a tortoise.

"This is not something we deal with every day," he said.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 227696571