400 pound tortoise turns heads

While holiday sales are still a few days away, motorists were rapidly turning into the Walmart parking lot Monday evening for a different reason: to get a look at a 400 pound tortoise lumbering along the sidewalk in front of the store. The head-turner turned out to be Benjamin Franklin, a Sulcata African land tortoise who is a pet of Randy “Turtle Man” Gallagher of Calabash, N.C. Gallagher, who runs a turtle rescue unit and has taken in several of the large tortoises from pet owners who didn’t realize they would get so big and live so long was passing through Brunswick and stopped at Walmart for a break and to let Franklin get a little exercise.