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