According to Globo.com; Manuela, a red-footed tortoise, and family pet to the Almeida's, loved to eat leaves, walk around the garden and play hide and seek in the house. In the early 1980's the Almeida family was renovating the house and soon noticed that Manuela was no where to be found. With all of the workers in and out of the house and yard, the family assumed that she had wandered off.
Leonel Almeida passed away early this year, and his children were left with the task of cleaning his house. His children commented that this was a daunting task, due to the fact that he was always collecting various items that he thought he could use or fix. As they made their way through the house, they began to move boxes and trash out of the house. Leandro, Leonel's son, took a few boxes and bags out to the curb for trash pick up. He moved one of the bags to check the boxes for valuables; under that bag sat a box with and old record player and Manuela.
It seems that she fled to the upstairs storeroom to escape the commotion during the renovation 30 years ago. Globo.com interviewed Professor Jeferson Pires whom informed them that the red-footed tortoise feeds on fruit, leaves, feces, dead animals, and can live up to three years without eating anything. Considering the state of Leonel Almeida's home, it is not unlikely that there was enough to keep Manuela satisfied.
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