Tortoise Gets a Wheel
After suffering a major burn from an unknown cause, a 12 year old African spur-thigh tortoise named Gamera underwent an amputation of the left front leg. Veterinarians at Washington State University then decided to glue a wheel to the underside of the shell for mobility.
Ambulation may look difficult but like any amputee — human or animal — slow motion mobility is better than no motion! Gamera weighs in at 23 pounds and is still growing. The species can get to be 100-200 pounds or more and live to 50 years or longer. I wonder if a larger wheel will eventually be required…
Photo is screen shot of Gamera.