Written by the star.com Friday, 25 March 2011 16:15
Red-footed tortoises are native to South America and are common pets in Brazil.
Take one pet tortoise, add two wheels commonly used for office furniture and you’ve got the world’s first bionic turtle.
In late February, a red-footed tortoise in Brazil was given a new lease on life, when a team of veterinarians at the Veterinary Hospital of Uberaba in the country’s Minas Gerais state attached two wheels to its shell.
Originally the adult tortoise’s owner had brought the animal into the hospital in hopes that doctors could heal an infected leg wound. The tortoise had damaged its left leg on an electrical fence that had fallen down in the garden where it lives.
The team, however, had no choice but to amputate the tortoise’s entire leg after determining the infection posed a risk to the tortoise’s entire well-being.