An Italian woman paid a fine amounting to €400 to the Roman Police. She was taking her pizza-sized turtle out for a walk, saying she broke the coronavirus confinement rules.
Italian residents need a justifiable reason to be out on the street as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, with about 34,448 deaths reported in the country since February.
While taking your dog out for a walk may be considered as a good reason to go out, going out with your pet turtle is a whole new separate case.
The Roman Police said the 60-year-old woman was “caught outside her home without a justifiable reason” and fined.
Roman police spokesman Nunzio Carbone said the turtle was “as big as pizza” but not wearing a leash.
Safety measures to contain outbreak in the country vary in different regions in Italy.
Some cities do not allow people to exercise outside while others allow people to walk their dogs outside within 200 meters of their houses.
In late March, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shut all stores except markets that deliver essential goods.
Meanwhile, the government vowed to spend up to 25 billion euros to help contain fallout from the pandemic.
This includes cash injections for hard-hit hotels and restaurants and allowing families to suspend some mortgage payments.