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Tortoise Gets Wheel for a Leg (Video)

An African tortoise at Washington State University had a leg replaced with a caster wheel obtained from a hardware store. It had suffered damage to the leg, so it was removed to prevent further problems. Surgeons at the university’s veterinarian school performed the operations.

The three-legged animal weighs about twenty-three pounds and is named Gamera after a Japanese movie character. He could grow to a weight of 200 pounds. The typical lifespan is about 30-50 years, though some live longer.

Normally this type of tortoise lives in the Sahara Desert and the nearby Sahel region.

Note: the tortoise in the first image is an example of a four-legged African tortoise. Gamera is in the video.

Image Credit: Melissa Mitchell

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7:32AM PDT on May 2, 2013

Great story.

5:01AM PDT on May 2, 2013

Thanks for helping tortoise

3:20AM PDT on May 2, 2013

Well done. Way to help a guy out!

1:36AM PDT on May 2, 2013

heartwarming,thank you for sharing

2:35PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Great, really great. He can be alive and active, really good people behind his specialized care!

1:01PM PDT on May 1, 2013

I think they could look for a better wheel, but in the meantime, this one helps.

4:56PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Beautiful story...but, why use a castor from a hardware store? Surgically-implanted prosthetics should always be made of high-quality stainless steel. This helps to prevent allergic reactions, which can occur from other metals. Also, other metals will corrode or tarnish. Nickle poisoning can result from prolonged exposure. I hope the next implant will be more suitable.

1:17PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Beautiful story!

9:40AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

heart warming story, good luck Gamera

8:51PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

at least someone made an effort, to help this guy an independent productive life,
w/o the wheel, he would have become lunch meat for a predator,
heartwarming indeed.

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