Tortoise Gets Wheel For A Leg

Pinned on July 23, 2011 at 6:28 am by tsokokiz

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Tortoise Gets Wheel For A Leg

It seems replacing animals’ extremities with artificial appendages is all the rage nowadays and the latest among these bionic animals is a tortoise who was given a wheel to replace a leg it has lost.

If you remember, a few days ago we reported here at GoodLawd about a dog who had all of his legs replaced with prosthetic ones after he lost them after being frostbitten. If you haven’t read that, follow this link here.

Anyways, back to our topic. The tortoise, named after the old Japanese movies character “Gamera”, is said to have lost a leg because it was amputated due to severe burns. Thankfully, he’s safe now, reports say.

Luckily, scientists at the veterinary hospital of Washington State University also remedied his condition and attached a swiveling caster wheel to the 23-pound African spur-thighed tortoise with epoxy.

The 12-year-old tortoise has successfully adjusted to his new appendage, the scientists at the university reveal.

The hare better look out for this wheel-totting turtle.

 


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