Residents of Kampung Sungai Terap in Kampung Gajah found a 80kg giant tortoise trapped in a drain, which was rescued by firemen. Pix courtesy of Fire and Rescue Dept.

IPOH: Residents of Kampung Sungai Terap in Kampung Gajah near here did a double take when they discovered a massive giant tortoise trapped in a drain in their village.

Residents alerted authorities over the massive reptile, which had fallen into the drain and was unable to move.

A Batu Gajah fire station spokesman said the tortoise weighed about 80kg.

"We received a call from the members of the public who had passed the area at about 10am," he said.

Due to its sheer size, rescue personnel took 30 minutes to dislodge the tortoise and lift it out of the drain.

"It was very heavy and big.

"We handed over the tortoise to the Wildlife Department for further action," said the spokesman.

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