He may have gotten used to accompanying the mayor at city events, but it's time for John Wayne to go home.
Buda resident Donna Grundy raised the African sulcata tortoise from a quarter-sized hatchling to the 40-pound, 20-year-old adult that managed to break through his fence on August 6.
He landed at the San Marcos Nature Center and was renamed "Leonard" to go with the nature center's other turtle, "Nemoy." The tortoise quickly caught the eye of San Marcos mayor, and animal-lover, Daniel Guerrero.
Soon John Wayne, aka "Leonard," was getting cozy with the mayor's other rescued animals: Summer, a blind Affenpinshcer; Millie, a terrier and Pepper, a Shih-tzu. He was also putting in appearances at City Hall and at city events.
It was Hays Free Press publisher and Grundy friend, Cyndi Slovak Barton who made the connection between the mayor's new sidekick and the missing turtle when a photo appeared in the media.
Grundy and John Wayne were reunited Tuesday at San Marcos City Hall, although it wasn't a totally happy ending.
"Leonard was a great pet," Guerrero said, "I am going to miss him!"
John Leonard Wayne Grundy-Guerrero's travels have, for the most part, come to an end - until the next time.