Injured Turtle Gets Wheels To Walk - Recovering From Mowing Accident, Spinal Injury

By: Staff
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Published: Jan 16, 2021

Injured Turtle Gets Wheels To Walk - Remarkle invention. Injured turtle with a fractured spine gets wheels to walk at the Israel Wild Animal Hospital. Hospital staff now hope that the Tzvika will get better so he can be released.

The turtle brought to the Israeli Wild Animal Hospital in Ramat Gan five months ago. It was seriously injured after he was run over by a lawn mower. The male Tzvika was treated for infections that spread under his shell leaving him unable to walk, and that's when the wheels started.

As time passed, his ability to move was degraded significantly and he also had trouble eating. "Because the fracture [that] passes through the middle of his body... his spine is fractured as well," said veterinarian Nili Anglister. "In most animals that would mean the animal can't walk any more ... and that it would lose control of the hind part of their body. But he can actually walk, but he is very weak in his hind legs because of this."

The hospital staff decided to try and glue wheels to the turtle's abdomen and observe how he reacted. Surprisingly, Tzvika loved the new gear and showed it off. The injured reptile is doing very well and is expected to be released back to nature soon.

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