Sylvester Stallone has kept 'Rocky's two pet turtles Cuff and Link from the 70s movie and they are 44 years old!

Sylvester Stallone has kept 'Rocky's two pet turtles Cuff and Link from the 70s movie and they are 44 years old!

Sylvester Stallone had starred as an underdog boxer in the 70s classic 'Rocky' who forms a sweet relationship with a pet shop owner. Stallone has revealed that he has kept the turtles from the movie and they are now around 44 years old. 

The 72-year-old shocked fans and followers when he took to Instagram to share a picture of the two turtles — Cuff and Link swimming around in a tank. He captioned the image, "CREED 2 with my original buddies from the first Rocky... CUFF and LINK, now about 44 years old! (sic)." Stallone's character had started a romance with pet shop owner Adrian Pennino when he had gone to visit her store to get supplies for the turtles. 

Sylvester Stallone kept the two turtles from the iconic 70s movie (Source: officialslystallone, Instagram)

In the famous scene, he tells her, "The exotic animals I was telling you about. These are my friends, Cuff and Link." The turtles also made an appearance in the boxing drama 'Creed II' last year. 

Many of Stallone's fans and followers were shocked over the news that Stallone had kept the turtles post the iconic movie. One social media user wrote, "Somehow it makes me feel good knowing that Cuff and Link are still alive." Another user added, "'Sylvester Stallone still has the turtles, Cuff and Link, from the movie ‘Rocky’ and they are over 40 years old."

A third user commented saying, "Cuff and Link are still alive and this is the happiest news I've heard this entire year." The turtles are red-eared sliders, also called terrapins, and could end up living out Stallone. This is not the first time Stallone has kept a pet from filming. He had earlier owned Butkus, a bull mastiff who was seen in 'Rocky' and 'Rocky II'.

Actor Sylvester Stallone waves to the crowd as scenes from the film 'Rocky VI' (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

However, Stallone had to sell the canine as he could not afford him at the time. In 2017, he posted a photo of him hugging the dog and said, "I absolutely love pictures like this. When I was 26, totally broke, going nowhere VERY fast, owned two pair of pants that barely fit, shoes that had holes in them and dreams of being successful were as far away as the sun."

"But I had my dog, BUTKUS, my best friend, my confidant, who always laughed at my jokes, and put up with my moods, and was the one living thing that loved me for who I was! #man’s best friend," he added. Stallone's fifth part of the 'Rambo: Last Blood' series will release in September this year.

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