Amputee Tortoise Gets Moving With Wheels
The procedure probably saved the animal's life at a zoo.
A plucky female tortoise is winning the hearts of the Indian public as it races around its zoo enclosure on an improvised set of wheels. The animal lost its front right leg in a mongoose attack, and zookeepers added the wheels in a short operation after they noticed the animal couldn't move around and reach its food.
The two-year-old Indian star tortoise lives at the sprawling Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai, India. Since it received its new wheels, it moves even faster than its 14 able-bodied neighbors, according to zoo staff.
"I have never seen this, but it looks like a really good idea," says Kenneth Krysko, the collection manager of herpetology for the Florida Museum of Natural History