Sunday, 27 January 2013

Family discover missing pet tortoise in locked store room THIRTY YEARS after she vanished... and she's still alive

  • Manuela disappeared from her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1982
  • Found when owners finally cleared out store room after father died
  • Vet believes she survived by eating termites from the wooden floors

PUBLISHED: 10:33, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:43, 25 January 2013

A family found their missing pet tortoise in a store room more than 30 years after they lost her, it was reported today.

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

Her owners, the Almeida family, assumed she had run away after builders working on the house left the front door open.

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

Leonel's son, Leandro, said he was astonished to find Manuela alive inside a box containing an old record player.

He told Brazil's Globo G1 website said: 'I put the box on the pavement for the rubbish men to collect, and a neighbour said, "you're not throwing out the turtle as well are you?"

'I looked and saw her. At that moment, I turned white, I just couldn't believe what I was seeing.'

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