Family reunited with Almed favorite after finally decided to disassemble the old pantry, which for years piled many unnecessary things.
— We have not seen since 1982, Manuel: then we have in the house was renovated and we thought that the turtle escaped when workers left the front door open. Despite the long search, we found no trace of her, — confessed animal hosts.
The room in which the turtle spent three decades, served as a place to store various items, including old vehicles that are on the street and brought into the house of a father Leonel Almed.
— Dad always thought that he could one day repair or rebuild all this stuff, which he stuffed closet. We were never allowed to go there, and the door was shut, — told the son and daughter of the house owner and Lenita Leandro.
Only after the death of his parents have adult children started to get rid of the unnecessary "ballast".
— I bore out a box with a broken music player to give it Ragman, when one of them asked me: "You're not going to throw even a turtle?" — Said Leandro Almed.
Overjoyed relatives were surprised to learn in the animal its pitomitsy, which is in good health, in spite of such a long absence.
— None of us could understand how a turtle could live alone in a closed room for 30 years! We just could not believe what happened! We are happy that she came back to us, — assured brother and sister Almed.
Veterinarian, a former prisoner obledovavshy pantry, said Manuel belongs to the species Red-turtles, which can live for a long time without food.
According to experts, the animal survived because fueled by wood termites.