Injured turtle given 'customised' Lego wheelchair

Turtle Photo: BANG Showbiz
Turtle Photo: BANG Showbiz

An injured turtle has been helped back on his feet with a "customised wheelchair".

The video that featured an injured wild Eastern box turtle, who has been kitted out with its very own Lego wheelchair at the Maryland Zoo, has gone viral with fans praising the toy contraption.

A team of dedicated vets operated on the turtle - who was found abandoned in a local park with multiple fractures on "the bottom part of his shell" - using surgical wire and metal bone plates to help repair his damaged exterior.

Dr Ellen Bronson, senior director of animal health, conservation, and research at the Zoo, said: "Because of the unique placement of the fractures, we faced a difficult challenge with maintaining the turtle's mobility while allowing him to heal properly.

"He had multiple fractures on his plastron, the bottom part of his shell. Because of the unique placement of the fractures, we faced a difficult challenge with maintaining the turtle's mobility while allowing him to heal properly."

The lucky turtle received a custom-made Lego brick wheelchair, which allowed his shell to be kept off the floor and maintain his mobility.

Veterinary student at the zoo, Garrett Fraess, said: "They don't make turtle-sized wheelchairs. So, we drew some sketches of a customised wheelchair and I sent them to a friend who is a Lego enthusiast.

"The sketches proved to be a success and the turtle received his very own multi-coloured Lego brick wheelchair just a few weeks after surgery. The turtle is roughly the size of a grapefruit. The small Lego frame surrounds his shell and sits on four Lego wheels."

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