Disabled tortoise fitted with wheels

Disabled tortoise fitted with wheels

Written by Staff Writer

16 Jun, 2015 | 5:26 pm

A disabled tortoise has been fitted with the rear wheels of a Hotwheels toy car to help him zoom around after he lost a leg.

Little Lena Hale, aged three, was horrified to hear her pet tortoise Touch? would have to have his rear leg amputated after a nasty accident at home left him crippled. But creative staff at Highcroft Vetinary Hospital in Whitchurch, Bristol, fixed the base of a toy car – including to the rear axle and two wheels – to the underside of his shell.

The ‘suped-up’ surgery took an hour and a half to complete and was a “complete success” with little Touch? left unfazed by his new prosthetic. Mum Lisa Purnell, 33, said: “It did upset me when I heard Touch? would have to have his leg amputated but seeing him now I know it was the best decision.

Source: The News

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