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Tortoise Gets a New Leg, Sort Of


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Gamera, a 12-year-old African spur-thighed tortoise, recently underwent an amputation of his front left leg after suffering a life-threatening "severe thermal injury and tissue damage from an unknown source." The team at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine hooked Gamera up with an office-chair caster (attached with epoxy) and a feeding tube to help him recover. The tortoise has gained about three pounds in three months and can get around just fine on most surfaces with his new limb. (Insert "that's how he rolls" joke here.) Link

via Gizmodo


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The turtle would have been way better off with just a teflon slider then a castor. The castor is sure to get tangled up in nature (i.e. rocks, grass, brush, twigs, etc). Hopefully the turtle will always be in the care of humans - otherwise it will be a short reprieve.
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