Thirty years ago Leonel Almeida and his family were completing a renovation on their home in Rio de Janeiro when they lost track of their pet tortoise, Manuela. They figured one of the construction workers had left the door open, Manuela eased on out and that was the last they would ever see of the tortoise.

So you can imagine how surprised Leonel's son, Leandro, was when he was taking out the trash recently and he noticed a red-footed tortoise crawling around a box next to an old record player.

"At that moment, I was white and did not believe," Leandro told Globo.com (translation via the Edmonton Journal).

Leonel Almeida passed away earlier this month, and his family was cleaning out the upstairs storage room where he had kept many of his belongings. As it turns out, Manuela had gotten trapped in that storage room 30 years ago. For the past three decades, it had been Manuela's home.

The Almeida family speculates that Manuela survived on termite-heavy diet while stuck in the storage room. Yuck.

“We are all thrilled to have Manuela back," said Leonel Almeida's daughter, Lenita. "But none of us can understand how she managed to survive for 30 years in there –- it’s just unbelievable."

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This adorable group of Scottish terrier puppies just can't wait to get their goat milk.

In the below video, which is quickly picking up steam on YouTube, the puppies' owner pours them some milk and then it's off to the races. The dogs surround the bowl and begin to drink like there's no tomorrow. And as they sip the milk, they slowly move in a synchronized circle, forming what their owner calls a "Scottie Pinwheel."

"Any faster and you'll be airborne," their owner says.

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What was supposed to be a hunting trip turned ugly quickly for a 60-year-old man and his dog.

The two were near the Colorado River in Western Colorado when the dog fell through the frozen ice in an attempt to retrieve a duck. The dog's owner successfully pulled the canine out of the ice, but in doing so he fell into the frozen river.

According to NBC 11 news in Grand Junction, Colo., the man was trapped in the ice for half an hour before rescue crews reached him. The man's dog stayed by his side until he was pulled out of the ice.

The hunter was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia.

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Every sports fan has played the "disappearing ball game" at a sporting event at some point in his or her life. During a break in the action, three caps are shown on the scoreboard and a ball goes underneath one of them. Then, the hats are rotated and flown around in all directions, and if you blink you'll lose the ball. Finally the caps stop moving and fans are challenged to pick the one which is concealing the ball.

Sound familiar?

Well, one YouTube user has created a feline version of this game. In a video that is nearing half a million views, a cat named Kido is challenged to find the bell under one of three shells.

Apparently the game is too easy for Kido, as he nails the correct cup on three separate occasions. Even when his owner mixes in a fourth cup, Kido is on point.

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Videos of dogs interacting with inanimate objects never seem to get old.

There's just something adorable and heartwarming about a pooch seeing an object for the first time.

And if you're a fan of these types of videos, we've got a doozy for you. Below is a viral clip of a beagle named Maymo playing with an orange. For the life of him, Maymo cannot figure out what to do with this piece of fruit.

He sniffs the fruit, pushes it around and even seems to be afraid of it.

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The theme is a staple of sports storylines: Veteran shows the rookie the ropes. Or: Coach's tutelage pays off for player.

In either case, that's the dynamic playing out between this dog and puppy. The youngster needs a little guidance before she figures out how to do it on her own:

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When Rocky the raccoon swiped a man's phone at a South Florida golf course recently, Rocky probably figured he had just earned himself his most valuable piece of loot yet.

What Rocky didn't realize is that the iPhone -- with its GPS tracking app -- not only made it a poor choice of booty, it also exposed Rocky's secret hiding spot.

After a recent round at Okeeheelee Golf Course near West Palm Beach, Fla., Brian Acker realized his phone was missing. So his wife used a tracking device on her phone to locate Acker's iPhone, and they saw that it was still on the golf course.

Acker and his wife returned to the course to track down the phone, and when they pinged it they heard that it was stuck in a tree. Golf course workers found the phone in the tree, along with food wrappers from Rocky's discarded (and stolen) treats.

"He has a taste for open food items left in golf carts and shiny items," Okeeheelee General Manager Mac Hood told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "The raccoon just saw something he liked and he went in there and grabbed it."

The phone was returned without any damage, but Rocky remains on the loose.

(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)

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The Puppy Bowl just got a little cuter.

The Animal Planet has announced that the ninth version of the game will take place during its normal slot, halftime of the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, and it will have several adorable additions.

Perhaps the most important upgrade in this year's game will be the presence hedgehog cheerleaders on the sidelines. In the past piglets and chickens have served as cheerleaders.

There will also be a new, on-field camera which will provide viewers with a better angle of the puppies' faces as well as a hot tub where substitutes can rest and/or play around while waiting to enter the game.

Unfortunately it does not appear likely that the NFL will follow suit and add a hot tub to the sidelines at the Super Bowl.

(H/T to Off the Bench)

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For one pooch in upstate New York, the dog days came in the winter rather than the summer this year.

Maggie, a 17-year-old Labrador/Springer mix, wandered away from her home in Dundee, N.Y., on the day after Christmas. Her sight is poor, and after a few days, her owner feared for the worst.

But thanks to an 11-year-old boy and his unique turkey call, everything turned out all right.

Austin Gibson was practicing the call this week when on a local snowbank when he noticed an animal in the distance. He told his dad, and together they rescued the dog.

It turns out that canine was Maggie. While she has lost much of her sight, she could still hear the turkey call and reacted to it.

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