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Missing Tortoise Found Alive in Brazil After 30 Years

Zoonar/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- A tortoise that went missing from a family home in Brazil back in 1982 has been found alive after spending the last 30 years locked away in a storeroom in the house.

When Manuela the tortoise disappeared from the house in Rio de Janeiro, her owner, Leonel Almieda, figured she escaped when somebody forgot to close the front door, reports the website

When Almieda died earlier this month, his adult children began to clean out a second-floor storage room he had filled with broken electrical items and always kept locked.  His adult son Leandro grabbed a cardboard box with a record player inside and was stunned to find Manuela in there as well.

Leandro told reporters, "At that moment I turned white.  I just could not believe what I was seeing."  

His sister Lenita, who had been given the tortoise as a pet, said, "We are all thrilled to have Manuela back."

No one is quite sure how Manuela managed to live for 30 years in a locked room, but a local vet thinks she may have survived by eating termites from the wooden floor and licking condensation that formed on objects in the room.

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Giant Galapagos Tortoise Lonesome George Dies

Galapagos National Park(QUITO, Ecuador) -- The giant tortoise known as Lonesome George died on Sunday, according to officials at the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador.

He was found Sunday morning in his pen by his longtime keeper, Fausto Llerena, the park said in a statement.  Lonesome George was the last remaining tortoise of its kind and was estimated to be about 100 years old.

Lonesome George was found on Pinta Island in 1972, although Pinta tortoises were believed to be extinct.  In an attempt to keep the species alive, mates had been provided for Lonesome George, but all mating attempts failed.  

“The plight of Lonesome George provided a catalyst for an extraordinary effort by the government of Ecuador to restore not only tortoise populations throughout the archipelago but also improve the status of other endangered and threatened species,” according to the statement posted on the park’s website.

The tortoise continued to live at a breeding center on the island of Santa Cruz in Ecuador, and he became a symbol of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands.

The park said the cause of death will be investigated.

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