Pet Tortoise Found Alive In Storage After Thirty Years

Manuela the tortoise disappeared from her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1982 and despite a lengthy search was never seen again.

It was only after their father Leonel died earlier this month that they began clearing out a second-floor room in the house that he had filled with broken electrical items and always kept locked that they found her.

Vet Jeferson Pires explained that Manuela’s red-footed species of tortoise, can go for long periods without eating. He said: “They are particularly resilient and can survive for two to three years without food. He said Manuela may have survived by eating termites from the wooden floor.

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