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Turtle Who Lost Its Legs Gets LEGO Wheelchair From Awesome Veterinarians

Pedro the turtle is certainly loving his new wheels!

  • Pedro the box turtle lost both of his hind legs and was having trouble getting around.
  • It is unclear how Pedro lost his legs but his owner was worried it would affect the turtle’s life.
  • Luckily, the veterinarians decided to build a LEGO wheelchair for the adventurous little turtle.

We usually read about handicapped dogs or cats being fitted with a wheelchair to help them move around faster. But have you heard about the turtle who lost two of his hind legs? The veterinarians found a truly clever way to keep the little turtle rolling. They made a special wheelchair for him made out of LEGO.

Pedro the box turtle was already missing a hind leg when his owner took him in. However, that didn’t stop the little turtle from getting adventurous. At one point, Pedro ran away from home. Although we’ll never know what he did on that particular adventure, it did lead to Pedro losing his other hind leg as he crawled back home.

Pedro the turtle shows off his awesome new LEGO wheelchair.

Unsure of how they could help their pet, Pedro’s owner brought him to Louisiana State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Baton Rouge. Interestingly, the vets announced that Pedro is perfectly healthy but he does seem rather accident-prone.

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

The brilliant idea came from a zoological intern who purchased a LEGO car kit from a toy store. The vets then took the wheels, attached it to parts of a syringe with animal-friendly epoxy, and glued it onto Pedro. The result is both clever and adorable.

With his new wheelchair, there is little doubt that Pedro will be a lot faster than other turtles. Hopefully, he will not be using his new wheels to go off on another adventure.

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