Virginia firefighters rescue tortoise from inside tree

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Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Firefighters summoned to a Virginia home for a report of a "pet" in a tree arrived to find something unexpected -- a tortoise in tree base.

Suffolk Fire & Rescue said crews responded to a home on Linden Avenue on a report of a pet stranded in a tree, and they found the resident's tortoise had climbed deep into the hollowed-out base of the tree.


Fire & Rescue tweeted photos of a firefighter crawling into the hole to retrieve the tortoise, named Rocky.

The firefighters then were able to get Rocky to "warmer surroundings," the department said.

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