The rescue operation - which included getting the tortoise clean - took four days. According to the blog post, the real challenge came from getting the tortoise to sit still long enough to allow the nontoxic soy-based paint cleaner to work on her; it had to remain on her shell for 20 minutes before being wiped off.
"She was active and could only take limited amounts of handling before becoming stressed and agitated," Fitzgerald wrote. As a result, the tortoise had to be sedated when it came time to remove the paint from her body. Once she was was back to her natural color, the tortoise was deemed free to go.
She was returned to a nice grassy patch of land with a "healthy gopher tortoise population," Fitzgerald wrote.