By Elisabeth Smith

SAN ANDREAS (CBS13) — A Cal Fire chief made an unusual rescue Thursday in the town of San Andreas.

Chief Frese with the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit saved a tortoise that had been hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 49 and Mountain Ranch Road.

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The tortoise’s shell was cracked in multiple places, revealing deep gashes into its flesh.

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Cal Fire says the tortoise was transferred to an animal rescue for care and should undergo surgery on Saturday.

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He’s expected to recover.