Tortoise Comes Up Aces

Gamera, Tortoise With A Caster

At Washington State University veterinary teaching hospital, the Doctors had to amputate the front leg of a tortoise recently.  They showed their ingenuity when they found a new artificial limb that was just the right size – a caster from Ace Hardware.

“…The caster-style wheel cost around $7, according to the two veterinarians who installed it on the tortoise after amputating the reptile’s damaged left front leg. “We got several sizes to find the right height,” said Dr. Nickol Finch, of the WSU veterinary teaching hospital. The epoxy that attached the wheel to the tortoise’s shell was also purchased at Ace, she said. The 23-pound tortoise, named Gamera, was shown to the public Thursday. The male reptile has become a celebrity since photos of its artificial limb were released Wednesday…” Read here: Tortoise gets a limb from Ace Hardware