Rocky was introduced to the world 43 years ago by a young and buff Sylvester Stallone.The film, as well as the Italian Stallion himself, became iconic, and people of all ages are familiar with the name Rocky Balboa.The turtles were purchased by Rocky while courting Adrian at the pet store where she worked in the classic film.Surprisingly, the turtles – Cuff and Link – are still alive and well, and some speculate that they may outlive even Sylvester Stallone.
Sylvester Stallone reunited with the original turtles who played Rocky’s pets, Cuff and Link, last year.The selfie was taken on the set of Creed II and shared on Instagram by Stallone. “With my original buddies from the first Rocky… Cuff and Link, now about 44 years old!” he captioned the photo. Longtime Rocky fans may recall the pair from the first and original Rocky film, which was released in 1976. Creed II is the fifth film in which the turtles appear, having previously appeared in Rocky II, Rocky Balboa, and Creed.
Some may recall Rocky’s amusing remark that he wishes Cuff and Link could sing and dance so he wouldn’t have to box for a living.The turtles were returned to the’real-life’ pet store owner from whom they were purchased after Rocky was completed in December 1975.The owner, Joseph Marks, appears to have kept them all these years.
The owner of the pet store where the pair were purchased met Sylvester Stallone one fall while the actor was scouting locations for Rocky Balboa.’Should I go over and say hello?’ I wondered.”
I asked him if he remembered me by tapping him on the sleeve.He stated that he did.”I got a call two weeks later,” Joseph Marks told the media.When the filmmakers discovered that the original couple was still alive and well, they decided to include them in the film.Stallone and Marks apparently kept in touch because the two turtles appeared in all of the subsequent Rocky films.
According to one ecologist on Reddit, the turtle-actors are red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans), which can live up to 50 years if properly cared for.”These 44-year-old cuties are doing well for their species,” he added.