Losing a pet can be a heartbreaking experience. Losing a pet for 30 years only to find it stuck in the family’s attic, now that’s nearly impossible.
Obviously, most animals wouldn’t survive that long but despite all odds, one pet tortoise was found alive and well in the most mysterious location: the family’s attic.
In 1982, Manuela the tortoise went missing. Manuela belonged to Nathalye De Almedia’s mother and the pet had disappeared when his mother was only eight years old. The family assumed that it had somehow escaped the home while electrical work was getting done.
After 30 years, the family went to the house to sort out a loved one’s possessions, only to find the animal locked inside a storage box. The group noticed a box with what they thought was an old wooden speaker that turned out to be Manuela.
“My mom arrived crying because she didn’t believe it. They found Manuela!” said Nathalye.
They figured that Manuela was able to survive solely from eating termite larvae and other creepy crawlies that the tortoise could get its hands on.
It’s now been 10 years since Manuela was found and there have been a few updates. Firstly, Manuela is still alive. Secondly, Manuela now goes by Manuel. In a routine veterinary check-up, they discovered that the tortoise is a male.
Tortoises have very long lifespans. They can live up to being 255 years old and can survive around three years without any food or water. Looks like Manuela, or should we say, Manuel, was a lucky one.