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Pedro the Turtle who lost both his back legs gets fancy wheelchair built for him by caring vets

Pedro the Turtle who lost both his back legs gets fancy wheelchair built for him by caring vets

Meet Pedro the turtle who just got a brand new set of wheels.
Meet Pedro the turtle who just got a brand new set of wheels. © LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Meet Pedro the turtle. Most people get excited when they hear they’re getting a new set of wheels, but for Pedro, it’s a life saver.

The ‘handicapable’ turtle is a patient of Louisiana State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Baton Rouge.

© LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

When Pedro was adopted, he was already missing one hind leg. He recently ran away for a few months, and when he returned home, the prodigal box turtle had somehow managed to lose the other one.

His owners brought him to LSU and vets concluded that, other than being inexplicably accident-prone, Pedro was just fine.

© LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

“There was nothing medically wrong with him,” Ginger Guttner, the communications manager for LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine told CNN. “But of course he didn’t have any back legs, so our doctors quickly had to figure out what they were going to do.”

They found their answer where so many great medical puzzles are solved: The toy store.

© LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

A zoological intern at the hospital picked up a Lego car kit, and using some syringe parts and animal-safe epoxy, vets MacGyvered a sweet little rig for Pedro’s caboose.

Look! The wheelchair can even be snapped off the bottom of his shell so Pedro stays clean. Does he understand how much people care for him? Can he feel how much he is loved?

Pedro about to eat a strawberry.
Pedro about to eat a strawberry. © LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Guttner says such ingenuity, Lego-based or otherwise, is pretty common in the field.

“Veterinary medicine often requires this MacGyver-like quality,” she says. “I would say the majority of special equipment we use has been fashioned or re-fashioned for a specific case.”

She says a team at LSU once built a little fountain to help keep a fish alive while they performed an endoscopy.

“Our patients can be two grams or 2000 pounds, so we often have to look at things from a completely different perspective,” she says.

Now Pedro is zooming around faster than the average box turtle, and the veterinarians that helped him have another “You’ll never believe what I did at work today” story to share forever.

Source CNN


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