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KETCHUM, Idaho -- A 20-pound African desert tortoise destined to outgrow its digs in a Ketchum kindergarten classroom has a new home with a veterinarian.

The 4-year-old tortoise named Bolt had been living at the Big Wood School since a friend of teacher Julie Swenke said she could no longer keep the tortoise because it fought with another tortoise the friend owned.

Swenke said she couldn't keep the tortoise because Africa desert tortoises can grow to weigh up to 200 pounds.

he Idaho Mountain Express did a story on Bolt's need for a new home and last weekend, veterinarian Karsten Fostvedt said he'd take Bolt in.

Fostvedt says he has purchased two enclosures, one for St. Francis Pet Clinic and one for his garage. Fostvedt says Bolt is going to be the clinic mascot.

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