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'Satanic' turtle survives inferno
Lucky the turtle (pic Janis Thornton/Frankfort Times)
The Doras have called Lucky their "miracle turtle"
A turtle who survived a fierce fire that killed 150 other animals at a US pet shop now sports the face of the devil, according to the shop owners.

They say the intense heat of the fire revealed distinctly Satanic eyes, lips, goatee and pointed devil horns on the shell of the creature, now named Lucky. Lucky lost two tank mates in the pet shop fire, but he, somehow, came through the ordeal unscathed.

Owners Bryan and Marsha Dora plan to sell Lucky to the highest bidder.

The couple saw their exotic pet business gutted by the fire and most of their animals killed.

After discovering Lucky's markings, Mr Dora became convinced their turtle was not alone that night.

'Miracle turtle'

"The marking on the shell was like the devil wanted us to know he was down there," he told the Frankfort Times newspaper, Indiana.

Bryan Dora showing Lucky's markings (pic Janis Thornton/Frankfort Times)
Regardless of the cause, I feel the devil was present
Bryan Dora
Pet shop owner
"To me, it's too coincidental that the only thing to come out unscathed would have this image on it."

Mr Dora and his wife believe it was the heat of the fire which may have caused Lucky's shell to change colour, revealing the new markings.

Although suspicious of how the palm-sized, red-eared slider turtle survived when all those around him perished, the Doras now call him their "miracle turtle".

In a bid to use his story to help rebuild their shattered business, Bryan Dora produced a DVD, called "The Pet Shop Story of Lucky the Turtle", which he plans to auction on eBay.

Unable to sell Lucky because of eBay rules against selling live animals, Mr Dora plans to offer the turtle to the highest bidder in an off-line sale.

It is unclear to what extent Lucky's Satanist credentials will enhance his sale value.

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