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Missing turtle survives in storage room for 30 years
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06-01-2013, 12:47 PM #1
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Such is the story of Manuela, the red-footed tortoise who was recently discovered sequestered in a small room some 30 years after she went missing. The shelled adventurer disappeared in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1982. Although a lengthy search was undertaken to find the family pet, she was never seen again. Her owners, the Almeida family, figured she had ambled out after builders left the front door open.

But when the patriarch of the family recently died, the children began cleaning out a locked storage room. Along with broken electrical items and other assorted objects that the elder Almeida had collected over the years, the son found Manuela, alive, inside a box along with an old record player.

“I put the box on the pavement for the rubbish men to collect, and a neighbor said, ‘you're not throwing out the turtle as well are you?’ ” the younger Almeida told Brazil's Globo website. “I looked and saw her. At that moment, I turned white, I just couldn't believe what I was seeing.”
06-01-2013, 01:01 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I've seen similar stories, they are mega resilient. They make great pets, and are quite intelligent.


06-01-2013, 01:08 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,157 Threads:1,571 Joined:Feb 2011
It's quite an amazing story though.
06-01-2013, 02:15 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
Posts:15,095 Threads:450 Joined:Jun 2012
That's an odd story, who doesn't clean out their closets - even once every 10 years? damned.gif

Here's another interesting story of two turtles both born in 1897 and grew up together, became a couple, and now after 115 years of turtle marriage have called it quits.

Quote:"[T]hey have been together since they were young and grew up together, eventually becoming a pair," zoo chief Helga Happ tells the Times. "But for no reason that anyone can discover, they seem to have fallen out. They just can't stand each other."

I would think the reasons may be old age dementia, what else could it be?

06-01-2013, 02:20 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,157 Threads:1,571 Joined:Feb 2011

Wonder what happened there... 13.gif



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