Vets Build Lego Wheelchair For Turtle Who Lost His Back Legs

When Peter, the turtle, lost his two hind legs, no one was sure if he could ever walk again.

However, all this changed thanks to some vets, a Lego car game and very creative thinking.

Credit: LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Credit: LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

You see, when poor Peter was first adopted, he was already missing one of his legs. Somehow he managed to escape and when he returned home, the box turtle had lost the other.

His owners took him to Louisiana State University Veterinary Hospital to find out how to treat him. Luckily, he didn’t suffer at all, other than being a clumsy little pickle.

Credit: LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Credit: LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Ginger Guttner, the communications manager at LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine, told CNN, “There was nothing medically wrong with him.

“But, of course, he had no hind legs, so our doctors quickly had to figure out what they were going to do.”

After some deliberations on the best way to create a walking device for Pedro, they finally found the solution: a Lego car kit.

One of the LSU’s zoological interns picked up the kit, pulled out the useful parts (i.e. those little wheels), arranged it with some syringe and epoxy parts safe for the animals, and surely the veterans had designed a cute little device with wheels so that Peter could move in

Credit: LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Credit: LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

And thanks to its Lego base, the wheels can even be ripped off to keep their shell clean and pleasant. There’s nothing cuter than that.

Guttner added: “Veterinary medicine often requires this quality similar to MacGyver.

“I would say that most of the special equipment we use has been designed or modified for a specific case.”

I guess being intuitively creative is just another part of the vet job description. Offering another example of this, Guttner said a hospital team once put together a mini source to keep the fish alive while performing an endoscopy.

Credit: LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Credit: LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

“Our patients can be two grams or 2,000 pounds, so we often have to look at things from a completely different perspective,” he explained.

And you can see the benefits. I am sure that if Peter could speak, he would thank those who saved his mobility with his quick thinking.

Not only is he able to move now, but his family says he’s faster than ever.

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