It's a stretch to call it a fast-breaking story. Still, this opening sentence from a recent dispatch in the Flint (Mich.) Journal did rapidly re-confirm the value of persistence:
"A 60-pound tortoise known as Franklin is back home after a harrowing four days on the run - or rather crawl - from his Washburn Road home."
Franklin made his deliberative move on May 28 before being spotted on June 1 by a Grand Blanc resident, who saw a flyer seeking help in finding the sulcata tortoise.
The thoughtful stranger then called Franklin's owner, Chris Breuha, who retrieved his family pet and brought him home to their 10-acre farm in Davison Township, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.
The tortoise made it roughly a half mile on his impromptu 96-hour vacation. That puts his estimated pace at about 27 feet per hour - or about 5½ inches per minute.
Mr. Breuha gave the Journal this generally positive assessment of Franklin's homecoming condition: "He's fine, he looks grumpy still, kind of like everything is an inconvenience for him."
Hey, most of us would deem it worse than merely inconvenient if somebody cut our adventurous excursion short.
Then again, tortoises routinely live for more than 100 years.
That gives Franklin plenty of time for additional opportunities to indulge his wanderlust.
Meanwhile, despite the end of his daring odyssey, he showed impressive resolve by staying on the loose for a long time while traveling what is, for his kind, a long distance.
Franklin also delivered another reminder of this enduring lesson first recorded more than 2,500 years ago by Greek fable writer Aesop in "The Tortoise and The Hare":
"Slow and steady wins the race."
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