The Galapagos Tortoise
by Peter

In August of 1995, a Galapagos tortoise named Tommy was captured on the Galapagos Islands, in the Indian Ocean, and brought to the Bronx Zoo. The people in charge of the Bronx Zoo wanted to get a Galapagos tortoise because so many of them are being killed for their beautiful brown and teal shells. They are becoming an endangered species. About a year passed and one night the zookeeper forgot to close Tommy’s cage door after feeding him falling apples from the apple tree. When Tommy left his cage, he passed elephants, lions, tigers and bears, and then left the Bronx Zoo.

Tommy went south on Broadway and after six days he came across a sign that said Grand Concourse, next left. He then turned onto the Grand Concourse and walked a week and four days. Sometimes stopping for shade from the hot sun under a tree with yellow, orange, and red leafed tree, and he ate some. Sometimes he would stop and pull himself into his shell to take a nap or to get protection from the hot sun in New York City.

As Tommy continued down the Grand Concourse he saw a large dirty white building and walked inside and fell asleep. When he woke up he heard clapping, yelling, and feet stomping above him. He had no idea where he was or what was going on. Tommy walked out from where he was and heard someone say welcome to Yankee Stadium, and the sixth game of the 1996 World Series.

Tommy walked around Yankee Stadium for awhile, and then stopped at the bullpen. There he saw John Wetland warming up on a little hill. When John Wetland left to pitch, Tommy walked under the stands all the way to the Yankee dugout without being seen. He walked to the top step of the dugout, and saw the players on the bench run onto the field and pile onto one another in front of the pitchers mound.

Tommy walked passed the pile of players just as Wade Boggs was standing up. Wade Boggs who is scared of tortoises, turtles, and terrapins. He jumped on a policeman’s horse, when he looked down and saw the five hundred pound reptile munching on sum grass. The horse became startled and galloped rapidly around the field.

That is the true story of how Wade Boggs came to ride a horse around Yankee Stadium, at the end of the 1996 World Series.

As far as Tommy goes, one of the policemen saw Tommy and called the Bronx Zoo. The next day, the workers from the Bronx Zoo picked him up at Yankee Stadium and brought him back to his cage.

The one thing nobody knew was that in all the confusion after the game, the ball used for the final out of the 1996 World Series rolled into Tommy’s shell and now lies in his cage at the Bronx Zoo. He still remembers that day even tough he is 189 and it happened when he was13.


 
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