Police were called at 8.50pm on Monday, July 22 after a giant tortoise had reportedly escaped from its home in Hemel Hempstead.
Officers quickly caught up with the animal after it was spotted trying to cross a road in what might have been the worlds slowest police chase to date.
PC Munn from the Berkhamsted Intervention Team said: “The tortoise was found by a member of public in Longcroft Lane in Bovingdon and had travelled three miles from its home address.
“It initially had a tracker fitted to its back but that had been ripped off during its adventure.
“In 18 years of policing it’s the first job involving a tortoise giant or not.
“It was taken back to Hemel police station where it was kept safe and looked after by PS Pardy who is licensed to look after exotic animals.”
Dacorum Police posted the incident on their Facebook page in order to help track down the owner.
PC Munn said: “Due to the Facebook post the owners were quickly located and the tortoise was back home safe and sound.”