Tortoise comes out of the closet 30 years later

Time goes slow stuck in a closet.

Tortoise ‘survives in locked store room for 30 years’ – Telegraph.

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.

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

A veterinarian said this type of tortoise can go for long stretches without eating. It’s suspected she ate termites in the wood floor. But, some serious questions remain…

The Museum of Hoaxes says, “Hmm…”:

How does the family know it’s the same turtle? Did they have old pictures of Manuela for comparison? If not, then how could they remember what the turtle looked like after 30 years? They may think they remember, but memories can deceive.

How do they know the father wasn’t feeding the turtle?

Assuming the turtle was locked in the closet eating termites, how was it getting water?

30 years is a long time to live in a closet. I’m skeptical about this.

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  7 comments for “Tortoise comes out of the closet 30 years later

  1. rebecca mackey
    January 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    dont believe it,and the lengthy search? not so lengthy if they didnt look in every room. rediculous!

  2. January 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe, but I wouldn’t hold my breath over their missing cat.

  3. Chris Howard
    January 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I’m just glad that we live in a world were gay turtles can express their sexual orientation without fear, or shame.
    You go girl! ;-)

  4. January 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I’m no herpetologist, but I have been the doting owner of an adopted tortoise for many years so I’ve learned a great deal about them in the ongoing effort to perfect my tortoise husbandry. One thing that is a clear red flag to me is that this tortoise appears not only alive, but healthy. When tortoises are given an inadequate diet, this shows in the formation of their shells. This tortoise’s carapace is not only a normal overall shape but shows none of the surface deformities that would be readily observable in a tort who was undernourished or chronically dehydrated for even a few years, much less thirty.

  5. January 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Oh, and an equally obvious problem in addition to the lack of food and water is the lack of sunlight! Even if this poor thing were able to somehow find enough bugs to nourish itself, tortoises need full spectrum UVA/UVB light to properly metabolize their food!

  6. January 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Maybe it is the same one, & nipped through the back of the wardrobe to Narnia for a snack.

  7. Massachusetts
    January 28, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Maybe it could eat insects and get enough hydration from that diet to sustain itself. But you’d think the box would be chuck full of poop after 30 years, even factoring in a very slow metabolism?

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