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Spike the tortoise returns home to Wayside Christian Mission

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Spike the tortoise is back home.

According to Nina Moseley, spokesperson for Wayside Christian Mission, the Shively Animal Hospital  brought the tortoise home to the mission at 1 p.m. Friday.

"He cannot walk, but is eating well," Moseley said in a written statement. "He will need time for his fractured pelvis to heal, but hopefully will eventually return to normal."

Spike, a 14-year-old, 125-pound African-spurred tortoise, was hit by a car in Wayside's parking lot last month. Spike lives at Wayside Christian Mission and had been seen around town on his daily walks.

William Duncan is Spike's caretaker and says that at the time of the accident, the tortoise was eating grass. Duncan said that Spike then moved across the lot, when Duncan saw a woman driving the car in the parking lot, heading toward the tortoise. 

"I yelled as loud as I could, but she couldn't hear me of course, by that time ... she had hit Spike," Duncan said.

"The front wheels went over Spike, drug him a little bit, about 10-15 feet, and I heard his shell crack, so he was pinned under the car."

Since then, Spike had been at Shively Animal Hospital.

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