Vonu the 40-year-old tortoise gave his family a fright by escaping, but was found safely going for a long weekend hike. (Submitted/Erica Chan)

Vonu the 40-year-old tortoise gave his family a fright by escaping, but was found safely going for a long weekend hike. (Submitted/Erica Chan)

Adventurous Metchosin tortoise heads out for long weekend escapade

Forty-year old Vonu the tortoise went for a hike up steep hill

Hikers and campers weren’t the only ones who got out for a long-weekend adventure.

In Metchosin, a 40-year-old tortoise named Vonu – turtle in Fijian – went for an overnight hike up a massive hill, giving his family a fright.

Erica Chan appealed to neighbours to help look for Vonu, a situation many of them are familiar with since he escaped twice last year, including once for three weeks. Chan thought for sure they’d lost him that time, but he had only been a few steps away in a neighbour’s yard, munching away on dandelions and clover happy as a clam, er, turtle.

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This time he bee-lined for a gate that was left open in haste, and somehow made it up a steep hill near Lomax Drive.

“You’d think he’d be really slow, but when he’s on a mission he can really go,” Chan said. Neighbours up the hill noticed him the next day and Chan climbed up to bring the adventurous reptile home.

Once he recognized their yard, he sped up and seemed happy to be there, as far as tortoises show happiness, by peeing on Chan’s foot.

“Aw, I missed you too, buddy,” she joked.

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