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Dianne Ly
- 853 days ago -
Nobody ever expected to see Manuela the red-footed tortoise again after she disappeared from her home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1982. Her owners, the Almeida family, assumed she had run away after builders working on the house left the front door open

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Natasha Salgado (621)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:55 am
Noted. Amazing tortoise. He must have been so lonely.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:01 am
What a great story. Such strength tortoise have to survive on bare minimals.

katarzyna phillips (6)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:17 am
amazing it lived for so long! bet they're all happy with the reunion, tortoises can live for a very long time!

Christeen Anderson (620)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:08 pm
Amazing story. Thanks for sharing.

iveta cer (62)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:09 pm
Thanks Dianne for great story

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:59 pm
Wow! Thirty years in a box. How awful!

Ro H. (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:58 am

John Gregoire (273)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:34 am
How awful for this poor turtle! Glad he's out.

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 7:53 am
Poor little thing, so horribly alone. Obviously, she did eat a lot of insects {termites were suggested} because these creatures perish from dehydration faster than starvation. Lack of moisture reduces their blood volume and shuts down their kidneys. When I was a child, my pet salamander escaped from his tank {I didn't know they could create suction when wet and climb the glass, I had no lid}. We found him 1 year later in the basement, all the way down from my upstairs bedroom. Boy was he fat and healthy! Our basement had a lot of spiders, pillbugs, silverfish, and even centipedes {plus it was damp}. The amazing thing was, he was still tame and walked right up to us. I got a lid after that, but I'll bet he was bored with eating nightcrawlers again. I'm so glad this tortoise was found too!

Valentina R. (5)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:21 am
Wow, that's true strenght.

Robert O. (12)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:19 am
The poor thing. At least he's okay now. Thanks Dianne!
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