Animals: Racing Turtle

A year ago, Chicagoans were surprised to find 2,000 bewildered, chilly box turtles crawling about a vacant lot on Michigan Avenue. Apparently they had been abandoned by someone who had planned to commercialize turtle-racing, found it profitless. The turtles were liberated in Duneland near Waukegan, Ill. (TIME, Nov. 17, 1930).

Last week, at the intersection of State and Harrison Streets, 15 blocks from the turtle lot on Michigan Avenue, two policemen found a dirty, fatigued box turtle lumbering along in the gutter. A number —2-10—on the turtle's back convinced them that he was one...

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