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.


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Alan B.
Archie B.4 years ago

I think a special larger wheel should be stored in his home garage,for when it is needed.

Paul S.
PAIL S.4 years ago

Fantastic - and heart-warming! Thanks for this.

New G.
W. C.4 years ago

Thank you.

Maja K.
Maja K.5 years ago

wonderfull idea!

Marie Jeanne F.
Marie Jeanne F.5 years ago

Good job!

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

I would certainly do this for my dogs too...

Beverly C.
Beverly C.5 years ago

It's wonderful that the veterinarian was able to come up with something that will help him to be able to get around, so that he can live a full and happy life.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Very nice!

Linda J.
Linda J.5 years ago

I hope Gamera lives for many many years.