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Turtle on tracks delays holiday trains after fleeing pet store

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The tortoise gave rail passengers trying to get to Stansted Airport an unexpected delay after finding its way onto the train tracks.

Greater Anglia rail tweeted that trains between Norwich and Stansted Airport were stopped for over an hour on Monday due to the injured reptile.

The 76cm long turtle, called Clyde, was discovered on the Norfolk tracks at midday on Monday. He had escaped from a nearby pet store on Sunday.

A passenger on a Norwich-bound train, Diane Akers, posted a photo of the reptile standing on the track, telling the train company: “He is still alive but injured.”

The turtle’s shell appeared to have a large gash on top. She raised the alarm again when she arrived at her destination.

She told the BBC: “When we got to Norwich station, I told the staff at the office there, and the guy looked at me like I was crazy – then a policeman came and said he saw my tweet.”

A Greater Anglia spokeswoman said: ‘We are sorry for the disruption to customers between Norwich and Cambridge this afternoon.

“This was due to a very large injured turtle on the line near Harling Road. Network Rail attended and helped the animal. Services were able to operate from 1.25pm.


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