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Tortoise Gets a Wheel

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…

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Photo is screen shot of Gamera.

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7:34AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:08PM PDT on May 29, 2012

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

8:42AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Fantastic - and heart-warming! Thanks for this.

1:37AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

Thank you.

4:57AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

wonderfull idea!

11:50PM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Good job!

8:07AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

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

4:08AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

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.

12:31PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Very nice!

9:11AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

I hope Gamera lives for many many years.

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