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Slow and steady really does win the race.

Cailey Rizzo
July 25, 2016

A tortoise was rescued on the street while trying to flee the Santa Clarita “Sand Fire” in Los Angeles County on Sunday.

The 75-pound tortoise was picked up by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control and brought to an animal care center in Northern Los Angeles County. Officials said the animal was escaping the area as fast as he could—which for a tortoise is about one mile per hour.

Along with the tortoise, LA's animal control found 228 horses, 52 goats, 29 chickens, seven rabbits, five cats, and two dogs in the Castaic area, according to a local ABC affiliate.

The Sand Fire has spread over 33,000 acres, forcing over 1,500 residents to evacuate the area. After raging for three days, the fire is only 10 percent contained.

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