Peter the tortoise speeds his way to the Lone Star state

Peter the Hermann's Tortoise (Testudo hermanii) has escaped the English autumn to join his owners in Texas. No-one knows how old Peter is, but he's been with the same family for over 50 years! There was a bit of a rush on to organise Peter's flight as he had to travel before he started getting ready to hibernate for the winter. However, Hermann's tortoises are an endangered species protected by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. So he couldn't travel until his CITES export certificate was issued. Peter stayed with family friends in the UK while the export paperwork was [...]