A giant monster tortoise was found in the Amazon as police carry it off on a truck. In 2012 deep in the Amazon Basin the Worlds Largest Tortoise weighing as much as a grand piano 800 pounds was discovered.
Or was it?
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This story has been circulating the internet since 2012, claiming the mega beast was discovered in 1892 living in a Brazilian river and was over 529 years old, meaning the monster lived during the same era as William Shakespeare and the Renaissance.
How old can a tortoise really live?
Tortoises generally have the longest life span of any animal and some have lived over 150 years.
The oldest living tortoise on record who was also the oldest individual animal ever recorded was a tortoise named Tui Malila.
This animal was a gift from the legendary Captain Cook to a royal Tongan family. The creature was born in 1777 and lived a long healthy life until it died of natural causes on May 19, 1965 at the ripe old age of 188 years.
The largest tortoises on record are considered to be the Aldabra Giant Tortoises from the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles where they have been known to grow almost 4 feet long and can weigh as much as 2 massive rottweilers 260 pounds.
Now it is a fact that some very strange and scary creatures have been known to lurk deep within the Amazon Basin.
Like the black caiman which is essentially an alligator on steroids that can grow up to 20 feet long
That's bigger than a corvette
But in the case of a 529 year old giant 800 pound tortoise, it is just another internet hoax.
The image in question is in fact a still from the movie Gamera the Brave, a film produced in Japan in 2006.