Giant African tortoise left 'shell shocked' after train collision

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An escaped Giant African Spurred Tortoise had a lucky escape after being hit by a train in Norfolk on Monday afternoon.

The injured reptile, named Clyde, was spotted by passengers on the tracks near Harling Road station, northeast of Thetford, on a Cambridge-bound line at about 12:40 BST.

He had a hole in his shell, apparently from a collision with a train, but is making a full recovery.

A spokesperson for the Greater Anglia rail franchise said: "We are sorry for the disruption caused to customers between Norwich and Cambridge on Monday afternoon.

"This was due to a very large, injured tortoise on the line near Harling Road. It happened around 12.40. Network Rail attended and helped the animal. Services were able to run from 13.25. We understand the tortoise is likely to make a full recovery."

The adventurous animal, with a length of 2.5ft (76cm), had gone missing on Sunday.

Network Rail officials later posted an update on Tuesday, confirming Clyde is returning to good health.

"We rescued a 50kg Giant African Spurred Tortoise from the tracks yesterday near Harling Road station after being clipped by a train, damaging his shell," they tweeted. "We are happy to report that Clyde is OK (and) will be returning home soon; if a little shell shocked perhaps."

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