Police officers in Exeter had quite a surprise after a tortoise wandered into their station.
The reptile, named Pasquale, walked into the station on Friday 17 July after goingmissing five days earlier.
One of the officers, PC Maria Canning - who is a tortoise owner herself - volunteered to look after the unexpected visitor until its owners could be found.
Pasquale is now safe and well back home.
PC Canning said: “Pasquale was very lucky and had to cross some busy roads to get here. He had a great little holiday and we’re all really glad he got home safe.”
While he was at the station, the officers could not resist giving Pasquale a tour of the facilities, which have only been open a few months. He even got to try out the new custody suite.
Devon and Cornwall Police posted the story of their extraordinary visitor on their Facebook page.