Someone wake up the hare
. Norbert, the Aldabra giant tortoise is on the run, and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Norbert, a resident of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
, has been breaking out of his enclosure by climbing over giant boulders that surround the tortoise yard, a new skill he began to exhibit this past summer proving that the giant tortoise is more agile than zoo keepers thought.
After the most recent escape, he wasn't on the lam long. Zoo visitors spotted the slippery fellow heading toward the red-tail hawk exhibit and notified zoo keepers, who, with the use of large steel panels, gently guided the track star back to his indoor habitat. While he spent the rest of the day inside, zoo workers went to work with heavy machinery, rearranging the boulders and making Norbert's enclosure more secure. His female exhibit mate, Purdue, silently watched Norbert's capture from a corner of the tortoise yard.
Maybe Norbert is in search of new real estate. He's lived in the same enclosure since 1994. He's never seemed interested in the world outside the tortoise area before this summer. Zoo keepers surmise it might be because they've improved his diet recently, or that the 48-year-old is just coming into his prime and feeling frisky.