Lost Tortoise Resurfaces After 30 Years – Still Alive!

In 1982, the Almeida family of Rio de Janeiro thought that they’d mistakenly allowed their pet tortoise Manuela to escape their home.  During some renovations, Manuela went missing, and the family assumed he had escaped through a door left open by workers.

Never underestimate the power of a tortoise with the will to live!  Fast forward to present day, 30 years later, as Leandro Almeida was taking out the trash.  Thanks to the watchful eye of a neighbor, it was brought to Leandro’s attention that crawling around in a box with an old record player was Manuela the turtle.  He was back!  In fact, he’d never left.


Manuela the red footed tortoise narrowly missing a trip to the junk yard.  Photograph by: Perla Rodrigues , TV Globo

According to thegood persuasive speech topics:

…it seems Manuela was hanging out for 30 years in the upstairs storeroom where Leonel Almeida, the father, kept all sorts of old junk he hadn’t gotten around to fixing up.

When Leonel died earlier this month, Leandro and his siblings decided to clean out the storeroom, and that’s how Manuela came to be by the curb.
The red-footed tortoise feeds in the wild on fruit, leaves, feces and dead animals, a professor told Brazil’s Globo.com, but can go up to three years without eating.
The family speculated that Manuela may have survived on termites while in the house.

What a great story!