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#1 Posted : Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:01:35 AM

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Firefighters launch tense rescue after pet tortoise traps pet dog in underground burrow

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The Fortin family, with Scottsdale, Ariz., firefighters Derek Owen and Preston Fuller, after they rescued their pet dog, who ventured into their tortoise’s burrow. (Scottsdale Fire Department)
By Sydney Page
November 27, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EST

It was a relatively peaceful Sunday morning at the Fortin household in Scottsdale, Ariz. Around noon, though, chaos struck.

Michelle Fortin was folding laundry, when her 10-year-old son, Kenton, sprinted up the stairs and hollered: “Is Bruce up there?”

Bruce is the Fortin family’s beloved 1-year-old French bulldog, named after Bruce Wayne from “Batman.” They also have a 15-year-old sulcata tortoise named Bianca — after the female protagonist in the 1977 Disney film “The Rescuers.”

Fortin, her husband, Jason, and their two children started searching around the house for Bruce, but he was nowhere to be found. Before long, the family of four began to panic.

They assumed the worst: “We worried that maybe he was stolen from our backyard,” Fortin said.

The Fortins mobilized. Within an hour of Bruce’s disappearance on Nov. 21, they started scattering “lost dog” posters around their neighborhood and went door-to-door, hoping maybe he wandered to a nearby home. They also filed a police report.

Bruce is named after Bruce Wayne from “Batman.” (Courtesy of Michelle Fortin)
After searching with no luck, Fortin decided to do a second scan of the house. When she got to the backyard, she heard a muffled barking sound, but couldn’t pinpoint where it was coming from. Then her eyes peered over to Bianca’s burrow.


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