Circus tortoise makes a break for it

July 20, 2009 4:57:54 AM PDT
A massive tortoise that made a break for freedom this month in Wisconsin has been corralled and sent to rejoin its circus family currently performing in New Jersey.

The 114-pound male tortoise is part of the Zerbini Family Circus from Myakka City, Fla.

Berta escaped during a July 7 show in Madison, Wis. He was spotted six days later when he wandered onto a golf course two miles away.

Circus owner Alain Zerbini says he'll be glad to have Berta back, not only because he was expensive but because he's been "part of the family" for 10 years.

A friend of Zerbini picked up Berta from the local Humane Society on Friday. Zerbini says he expects to have Berta back in a few days.

Berta can't do any tricks, but Zerbini says he's still a crowd-pleaser because "he's a big tortuga."