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Rescued tortoise struck on California highway to recover

Highway Pete Tortoise
Posted at 11:20 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 14:20:06-04

LODI, Calif. — An injured tortoise is being treated at a veterinary clinic in Northern California after being struck by a vehicle on a busy highway last week.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit said on Facebook that Adam Frese rescued the tortoise Wednesday near Highway 49 in San Andreas.

Authorities say the tortoise named “Highway Pete” had a cracked shell and deep gashes in its flesh but is expected to make a full recovery.

The tortoise was transferred to Arbor Pet Clinic in Lodi, California, where it is scheduled for surgery.

A fundraising campaign to cover medical costs had already raised more than $4,000 as of Sunday.