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This Tortoise Was Found In A Box After 30 Years

This family in Rio De Janeiro found their beloved pet tortoise after three decades. The Almeida family lost its pet turtle thirty years ago in 1982. The family discovered Manuela, the tortoise, in the storage room, as Oddee details: 

It wasn’t until their father, Leonel, died in early 2013, that the Almeida children began clearing out the second-floor room which he had filled with broken electrical items ad always kept locked. Leandro, Leonel’s son, said he was astonished to find Manuela (the turtle) alive inside a box containing an old record player.
A Rio De Janerio vet – Jeferson Pires -explained to the family that the red-footed species of tortoise ( like Manuela was) can go for long periods of time without eating. “They are particularly resilient and can survive for two to three years without food. In the wild, they eat fruits, leaves, dead animals, and even feces.” He said that Manuela most likely survived from eating termites from the wooden floors.

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