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Owners claim tortoise found strolling in suburb

This Aug. 2, 2014 photo provided by the Alhambra Police Department shows a giant 150-pound tortoise who was found wandering the streets of Alhambra, Calif. The tortoise was lifted into a patrol car and taken to the station, where it was later picked up by Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control in Downey. (AP Photo/Alhambra Police Department)

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) -- A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.

The Alhambra Police Department says a local family claimed the 150-pound reptile named Clark on Sunday, a day after it was spotted strolling on the street.

It took two officers to heft the creature into a patrol car so they could turn it over to animal control authorities.

The department posted photos of Clark on its Facebook page in hopes of finding the owner and cracked a "Tortoise and Hare" joke about officers capturing the reptile after a brief pursuit.

No word yet on how far the tortoise had gone from home when it was caught.

A call to a police spokesman wasn't immediately returned.

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