Myrtle Beach area man's passion for tortoises leads to unexpected rescue

(Source: The Carolina Forest Chronicle)
(Source: The Carolina Forest Chronicle)

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Michael Smith, Carolina Forest Chronicle

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Bally is one lucky tortoise. After his daring escape from Forestbrook, the 50-pound reptile found himself risking shell and limb.

The wayward creature slipped through an open gate, and then crept his way down the street, almost reaching Burcale Road before a passerby discovered him.

After consulting the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the neighbor released Bally near the Intracoastal Waterway. From there, Bally inched his way onto S.C. 544 on the west side of the Socastee swing bridge, bringing traffic to a standstill.

"He had traffic backed up for a mile," said Bally's owner, Chris Edmonds of Forestbrook.

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