'Lost' Tortoise Found Alive in Storeroom After 30 Years

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Dogs may be good at fetch, but tortoises are the masters of hide-and-seek. According to Io9, a red-footed tortoise who was believed to have escaped her home 30 years ago was found alive and well in the family's storeroom.



Manuela the tortoise made her supposed disappearing act from the Almedia family in Rio De Janiero back in 1982. The family was renovating their home, and admittedly were not keeping an eye on the animal's whereabouts. When they couldn't find Manuela later, they assumed she slipped out a door left open by workers.

In reality, Manuela had just found an awesome hiding spot inside a bag of junk in the house's upstairs storeroom. The animal's secret lair wasn't discovered until recently, when the family was cleaning out the space. The father of the Almedia family died recently, and his children were going through the belongings their father kept in the storeroom.

Some of the boxes and bags in the storeroom were taken to the curb for trash collection. It was in one of these bags that the Almedias' neighbor spotted Manuela. The neighbor asked the family if they were planning to throw out the tortoise as well.

Manuela has now been reunited with her long lost family and is free to roam the rest of the house once again. Veterinarians who examined Manuela say that she is in good health. Tortoises are know for being resilient, lasting up to three years without food. Professionals believe Manuela got by on the occasional meal of termites.

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Janet Rockett

We had a box turtle named Tommy and my son lost him in our home playing with him. We searched every nook and granny and realized he must have gotten out the sliding glass doors. About 6 months later, we were preparing to move and we moved a heavy end table that we thought was solid but actually had a area where the top didn't reach the bottom on the back side. Low and beyond when we moved the end table, there was Tommy! I thought sure he was dead, but when we touched him, he like, woke up. We rushed him some water and food and he lived another ten years......

January 31 2013 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bridgesfam79

And I just found my childhood pet dog in my closet after 40 years! He was hungry and thirsty but just really wanted to play. Looked pretty good too! Puleeeeez!

January 31 2013 at 2:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Pam

I have a box turtle and I have to agree with all the posters above who called this story BS!

January 31 2013 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
karen

Maybe its just a diff turtle

January 31 2013 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
welcome dano

The thought was that Manuela lived on an occasional termite. So the house survived thirty years breeding termites in the attic too? Nah.....sorry folks the story makes no sense. The family has to be seeking sensationalism and notoriety.

January 31 2013 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tws952

You're absolutely right - NO SENSE! How did the tortoise get upstairs in the first place? I've never heard of a step-climbing snapper!!!

January 31 2013 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cathy Tinker Nunez

30 days maybe????? 30 yrs how dumb do you think we are?

January 31 2013 at 10:46 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Cathy Tinker Nunez

30 days maybe????? 30 yrs NO WAY

January 31 2013 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Billotti's

either the story is bogus or there is a misprint on the time period. an animal maybe able to go without food for a period of time but not water. Let alone the lack of movement it must have had being stuck in some box.

January 31 2013 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bulan924

This story sounds too shelly to believe.

January 31 2013 at 9:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jess

I worked in a pet store and sometimes turtles would come in to us from neglectful owners, skinny and lacking in good shell growth. If they get that sick from a few years in minimal care, there is no way one could survive with NO care.

January 31 2013 at 7:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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