Sylvester Stallone Kept His Two Turtles From The Original 'Rocky' Film, And They're Now 44

Cuff and Link starred in the 1976 movie Rocky and made a comeback in 2018's Creed II.

Sylvester Stallone starred as an underdog boxer in the 70s cult classic film Rocky, where he developed a sweet relationship with a shy pet owner Andrian Pennino.

Their romance was, of course, sparked by Rocky visiting the J&M Tropical Fish Pet store to buy food supplies for his two turtle pets.


At one point, Rocky forgot he had actually bought the two animals from Andrian, leading to a humorous awkward moment. It seems bonding over a shared love for pets could be a solid way to initiate a relationship.

And Rocky film fans are delighted to learn Sylvester Stallone actually kept the original Cuff and Link, and they're still thriving. They even made their movie comeback in Creed II, released in 2018.


Now 44 years old, the iconic duo is still taking things slow, and possibly they have no clue just how famous and beloved they are, together with their human papa.

Sharing an adorable pic of the lettuce munching megastars in their tank, Stallone wrote on the Instagram post:

"In CREED 2 with my original buddies from the first Rocky … CUFF and LINK, now about 44 years old!"

The two pros look pretty healthy and happy, with one of them staring into the camera like a movie star.


And just like Sylvester Stallone, the two turtle pets have aged gracefully.

Every Rocky fan was thrilled to learn these legendary scene stealers are still thriving and just as chilled out as ever.

One Instagram user tweeted:

"Cuff and Link are still alive, and this is the happiest news I've heard this entire year."

While another said:

"I was already a fan, but in reading about Cuff and Link and your absolute love of animals. I'm an even bigger fan. THANKS for keeping them happy and healthy for all those years!"


Check out the two beloved pets when they were starry-eyed youngsters in the following classic clip:

Cuff and Link aren't the only pets Sylvester Stallone kept after filming. He also owned Butkus, a beautiful bull mastiff who appeared in Rocky and Rocky II.

Sharing a throwback pic of the dog earlier, he spoke emotionally about how his friendship with Butkus meant to him.


Stallone wrote:

"I absolutely love pictures like this. When I was 26, totally broke, going nowhere VERY fast, owned two pairs 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, put up with my moods, and was the one living thing that loved me for who I was! #man's best friend."