August 27, 2014
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 (http://mydesert.co/1gEF1uZ ) 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.
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