Back in 1982, the Almeida Family was saddened to learn that their red-footed tortoise, Manuela, had gone missing.
Their house was being renovated at the time, so the family assumed that the tortoise had slipped out through a door left open by the construction crew — disappearing into the forest near their home.
But they couldn’t have been more wrong.
The true fate of their lost pet remained a mystery for the next 30 years, until the father passed away and the Almeida children returned to help clean out his cluttered storage room.
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