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.