With yet another sequel released just last year, Sylvester Stallone‘s Rocky franchise is still going strong after more than four decades.


Sadly for the title character, the same can’t be said for many of his companions from the original, Oscar-winning 1976 film.

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Along the way, Rock has seen his trainer, his rival-cum-sparring-partner, his wife and his best friend all pass on. Thank God, then, that he still has his turtles.


In a recent Instagram post, Rocky Balboa actor/creator Sylvester Stallone revealed that Rocky’s turtles – Cuff and Link – are very much still alive.

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Referring to them as his “original buddies from the first Rocky”, Sly also informed his followers that the pair were now around 44-years-old.

In the first Rocky, Balboa introduced Talia Shire’s love interest, Adrian, to his “exotic animals” on their first date.

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While Adrian passed away somewhere between Rocky V and 2006’s Rocky Balboa, Cuff and Link have stuck around to a ripe old age.


Stallone, 72, will next appear in Rambo V: Last Blood, which is currently set for release in September of this year.