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Lost Pet Tortoise Found In Storage Closet…After 30 Years!

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Wow….talk about a super pet!

A family in Brazil got QUITE the surprise when a missing friend turned up after 30 years on the lam.

The Brazilian family, the Almeidas, renovated their home and Manuela, the family's red footed tortoise, went missing. Many thought she escaped and went to live in the forest nearby.

Three decades later, the patriarch of the family died and the children returned home to clean house.

And who was there guarding all of their father's belongings????

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Teeny Tiny Tortoise Baby Is Too ADORBz At Paradise Wildelife Park

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Meet Tank, the cutest metrosexual tortoise around!

We mean, srsly! Have you seen the size of the chapstick! LOLz!

The cute four month babe was left by the the U.K.'s Paradise Wildlife Park's former head of reptiles as a gift and he's charming up a storm across the pond!

Looks like we'll be headed to London to get some Tank love soon!

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Last Of Its Kind Galapagos Tortoise Dies At 100

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Sad….Lonesome George has left this world…

Found on the smallest Galapagos Island, La Pinta, Lonesome George was around 100 years old when he was found motionless

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Tortoise Pulls A Prank

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Ha!

This tortoise is an old meany!

After pulling that prank, that is the slowest getaway we've ever seen.

Maybe leave the tricks to faster animals, like foxes, or annoying friends.

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Extinct Tortoise May Be Back!!!

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A giant tortoise who was thought to have been extinct for over 150 years may not actually be gone!

Researchers on the Galapagos islands, were looking at a close relative of the "extinct" Chelonoidis elephantopus and found that this relative was actually a hybrid of the two species.

So they began seriously investigating and found that 84 of tortoises showed that their parents had mated with the "extinct" tortoise.

One had done it apparently as recently as 15 years ago.

That means that the 900 pound, once thought extinct creatures could actually still be alive somewhere on the island.

Researchers estimate there could be as many as 38 "extinct" turtles, alive and well, somewhere on the island.

One of the researchers said:

"To our knowledge, this is the first report of the rediscovery of a species by way of tracking the genetic footprints left in the genomes of its hybrid offspring.

These findings breathe new life into the conservation prospects for members of this flagship group."

It's really great that the tortoise is back, but what we're really excited about are the other possibilities.

Does this open the door for dinosaurs maybe existing somewhere on an uncharted island?

Probably not, but we can dream, can't we?

[Image via WENN.]

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