Holtby, tortoises cleared to exit U.S. after spending days at border
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Never doubt the tortoise's ability to cross the finish line on top.

U.S. authorities allowed Braden Holtby and his two pet reptiles to leave the country and cross into Canada on Friday, following an ordeal that left the Vancouver Canucks goaltender and his animal companions stranded at the border for several days.

On Wednesday, Holtby's wife, Brandi, asked her Twitter followers for help dealing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because the couple hadn't realized they needed to file export papers for the creatures in addition to import documents.

The next day, she revealed the government agency was on the case.

Finally, on Friday, she provided an update that brought the snafu to a satisfying conclusion.

Holtby, who was born in Saskatchewan, will play for a Canadian team for the first time in his NHL career next season. He signed a two-year, $8.6-million contract with the Canucks in October after spending 10 years with the Washington Capitals.

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