This sounds like one of those weird stories out of China, but it happened in Brazil.
Manuela, the family’s pet tortoise, disappeared in 1982. They thought she had run (?!) away when construction workers at the home left the front door open.
Fast forward 30 years.
The father dies. Through the years he had accumulated a room full of old appliances and other junk which he kept locked in a room where no one else dared to enter.
After his death the children clear out the room and find Manuela alive inside a box containing an old record player.
Tortoises in the wild can live up to three years without eating and they are not especially particular about what they eat, including vegetation, dead animals, even feces. A veterinarian thinks Manuela may have survived by eating termites from the wooden floors. The story
I don’t know anything about the family, but the old man sounds pretty loony tunes eccentric. It could be that he kept Manuela hidden away as his personal pet because she was the only one who didn’t think he was a crackpot little odd.
Dogs are not the only pets who don't judge us.