DANVILLE, Calif. -- Sheriff's deputies in the exclusive community of Blackhawk sprang into action when Jose Canseco's pet tortoise, Rafael, escaped his pen and nearly trundled into traffic.
Responding to a passing motorist's cellular-phone alert, Deputy Megan Garry-Wintich of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department puzzled for a moment and then made ready to sweep the green, hard-shelled creature to safety as it lumbered toward busy Blackhawk Drive.
"She was saying, 'What am I supposed to do with this thing?' " her boss, Lieutenant Gary Hal, recounted.
But the Oakland A's slugger quickly appeared to rescue his 30-pound reptile.
It happened late Monday afternoon as Canseco and his wife, Esther, were packing to move to their winter beach house in Miami.