It may have been a hot minute since you’ve seen 1976’s Rocky, but we’re about to absolutely blow your mind.
Perhaps you remember Rocky’s “exotic animals” – the turtles he’d named Cuff and Link.
Well, we’ve recently learned that Sylvester Stallone actually kept those very turtles as long-time pets!
For huge fans, this may not be breaking news. However, for those who haven’t been following Sly on Instagram, it’s safe to say these turtles are making waves today.
Though this post is from 2018, it’s just too incredible to not share.
Yes, not only did Stallone keep Cuff and Link, they’re also still alive. By his own estimation, they’re now around 45 years old – pretty crazy, right?
This certainly gives us a reason to want to start following the actor on social media. Not only does he post all sorts of great behind-the-scenes photos, we’re also learning what an animal lover he is.
The turtles aren’t the only pets he’s had that have also worked with him on screen.
Butkus, the Bull Mastiff that appeared in the first two Rocky films, wasn’t just Rocky’s training partner. He was also Stallone’s “best friend” in real life, that he’d raised from a puppy.
Sadly, he had to sell the dog when he fell on tough times and couldn’t afford food. However, six months later – when he sold his screenplay for Rocky – he was able to buy his beloved dog back.
“The new owner knew I was desperate, and charged me $15,000,” Stallone wrote on Instagram. “He was worth every penny!”
Butkus stayed with the Stallone family up until his passing 1981.