Lost pet tortoise found in family storeroom 30 years later

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21 Responses to “Lost pet tortoise found in family storeroom 30 years later”

  1. Tavie says:

    My HEART. Poor tortoise.

    Gonna go home and hug my Chinese box turtle.*

    *Not really, they don’t go for that. I’ll just sing to him.

  2. Brainspore says:

    “I was just taking a nap. Did I miss anything?”

  3. Jason Martin says:

    Title of article should state more clearly if turtle was found dead or alive.  I had to click through 2 or 3 things to finally see that he was “reunited, and *remains* the family pet” – (ALIVE).  

  4. I like the idea of a tortoise “escaping”.

    • James Penrose says:

      They do escape:  I had one as a kid but it dug a hole under a fence and got away.

      We kept it in a very large backyard and so might go many days without seeing it, so when we noticed it was gone it have been half way down the block.  :)

      • Brainspore says:

        Our neighbor’s tortoise did the same thing every once in a while. We’d sometimes find it upside-down in our yard after our labrador got tired of trying to play with it.

    • Syn - says:

      Better tell that to Diego Maradona quick! He’ll make a footnote. 

  5. mindysan33 says:

    Aw!  That’s an awesome story!  Let’s hear it for a slow metabolism!

  6. soylent_plaid says:

    30 years as a stowaway in the storeroom?  Go tortoise!

    But then again, that means 30 years of tortoise poops.  One wonders where he was going to the bathroom this entire time.

  7. showme says:

    This mean guy lived in my neighborhood when I was a kid. One day he opened his door and there was a tortoise on his porch. The jerk picked it up and threw it as hard as he could!

    About 5 years later there was a knock on his door. He opened it. It was the tortoise, who said, “What the hell was that for???!!!

  8. Diederik Werken says:

    Thirty years without water?
    Yeah, that’s a likely story.

  9. Kimmo says:

    Wow, let’s hope tortoises aren’t subject to boredom.

    • Brainspore says:

      (Snail finds its way into storeroom, moves gradually across floor, dies of dehydration in a corner, is consumed by ants, shell collects a thick layer of dust.)

      Tortoise: “What the fuck was THAT??”

  10. anansi133 says:

    That sounds like a very lonely stretch of time.

  11. jennix says:

    Tortoise says, “Augh. What is it now?”

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