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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013 9:36 pm | Updated: 12:36 pm, Tue Mar 19, 2013.

Santa Fe police on Monday found themselves at the center of a custody battle over an African spurred desert tortoise after investigating a supposed tortoise-napping from a northwest-side home.

The animal’s owner, city officers and two caretakers of a tortoise named Mister Turtle that was reported stolen over the weekend eventually found it safe and sound in the possession of a woman who had become attached to the reptile while living in the same household with the pet.

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