Turlock tortoise's trek of town is terminated

TURLOCK -- "Prison Break: Tortoise Edition."

Hanna the Russian tortoise is back, safe and sound, with the Castro family in east Turlock. But not before making another run for it.

Hanna escaped from the Castros' back yard last week when the wind blew open the back gate at the family's El Paseo Street home, and the 6-inch- diameter tortoise ran away. Well, sort of ambled away.

The Castros posted fliers around the neighborhood, seeking information on the traveling tortoise.

After an item appeared in The Bee on Saturday, a neighbor called the Castros. "A lady found her a block and a half away. I was walking out the door to pick (Hanna) up and another person called me and said, 'Hey, I have your tortoise,' " Cris Castro said Tuesday.

Hanna broke out of her first rescuer's back yard, only to be found again. She eventually was picked up by a family whose daughters played soccer for Castro five years ago when he coached at Turlock High School.

Both sets of rescuers read about Hanna in The Bee.

For now, Hanna and her three siblings are in a pen in Castro's back yard "until I figure out how to make that gate not open by itself," he said. "I'm glad there are so many nice people out there."