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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:51 AM

 

Tortoise 'survives in locked store room for 30 years'

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 in the house that he had filled with broken electrical items and always kept locked... "I put the box on the pavement for the rubbish men to collect, and a neighbour said, "you're not throwing out the tortoise as well are you?"

Leonel's daughter Lenita, who had been given the tortoise as a childhood pet, said : "Everything my father thought he could fix, he picked up and brought home.... We never dared go inside that room. We're all thrilled to have Manuela back. But no one can understand how she managed to survive for 30 years in there, it's just unbelievable."

Rio de Janeiro vet Jeferson Pires explained that Manuela's red-footed species of tortoise, can go for long periods without eating... "They are particularly resilient and can survive for two to three years without food. In the wild they eat fruit, leaves, dead animals, even faeces."

He said Manuela may have survived by eating termites from the wooden floor.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/9827256/Tortoise-survives-in-locked-store-room-for-30-years.html

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HiPointDem Feb 2013 OP
AzDar Feb 2013 #1
jberryhill Feb 2013 #2
cbrer Feb 2013 #4
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #6
Robb Feb 2013 #8
randome Feb 2013 #9
jberryhill Feb 2013 #10
NBachers Feb 2013 #3
Flying Squirrel Feb 2013 #5
mainer Feb 2013 #7
jberryhill Feb 2013 #11

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:55 AM

1. Tortoises are so very cool and interesting.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:56 AM

2. We'll never get McConnell out of the Senate, eh?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:52 AM

4. Beat me to it. nt

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:36 AM

6. LOL!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:14 AM

8. Bwah!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:21 AM

9. Leave a trail of lettice and maybe he'll follow it to the locked closet of your choice!

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Response to randome (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:20 AM

10. Some believe he's been in the closet for longer than 30 years

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:49 AM

3. GIVE THE TORTOISE SOMETHING TO EAT NOW!

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Response to NBachers (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:50 AM

5. and a bath n/t

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:13 AM

7. Heard a similar story about a horned toad surviving for decades locked in a box.

I think these animals go into suspended animation.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:21 AM

11. Glad to hear the family was happy he came out of the closet

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