Norwich train halted to rescue tortoise stuck on tracks
Trains have faced delays and cancellations for a host of reasons recently including extreme heat and strikes. But passengers on a train heading to Norwich were left in disbelief when their train was halted due to a Giant African Spurred Tortoise making his way across the tracks.
The tortoise, called Clyde, made his way onto the tracks between Harling Road station and Eccles station yesterday (August 1). Three train services were affected by Clyde's adventure onto the tracks according to Greater Anglia who said that services between Norwich and Stansted Airport were changed "due to animals on the railway".
Diane Akers was a passenger on a train to Norwich who photographed Clyde when her train came to a halt. While waiting, she wrote on Twitter: "There is a giant tortoise on the line past Eccles Road going away from Norwich. It’s still alive but injured."
Before he was rescued, Clyde had been clipped by a train and had a little bit of damage to his shell. Network Rail Anglia said this afternoon that he was alive and would be returning home soon, CambridgeshireLive reports.
Speaking about this real-life hare vs tortoise incident, Network Rail Anglia said on Twitter: "We are happy to report that Clyde is OK [and] will be returning home soon; if a little shell shocked perhaps."