Don't you just hate when your flight is delayed? Maybe the plane hasn't come in yet or there are mechanical problems.
Recently a flight leaving Narita Airport for Naha, Okinawa was ready to take off at about 11:30 am, when the pilot made this announcement: "I've just gotten word that a turtle has intruded on the runway we were to take off from... just now on the runway... so we have to stop temporarily..." It delayed the flight about 10 minutes so the turtle could be removed from Runway A, but no one seemed to mind.
The turtle was identified as a red-eared slider, a species native to the southern part of North American. It is considered to be one of the most invasive species in the world and now is invading airports. The red-eared slider at Narita was about 30 centimeters long and weighed about two kilograms. It is unknown whether this was a pet that was abandoned in the wild by owners, born in a nearby river and wandered further than usual, or as one pilot speculated was an escapee from someone's luggage.