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Tortoise gets prosthetic leg with wheel

Courtesy of the Washington State University college of Veterinary Medicine website.
Courtesy of the Washington State University college of Veterinary Medicine website.

PULLMAN, Wash., July 22 (UPI) -- Animal surgeons at Washington State University said they attached a swiveling wheel to a tortoise that had to have its leg amputated.

The Pullman school's Exotic Animal Service said Gamera, a 12-year-old African spur-thighed tortoise, lost its left front leg due to thermal injury and tissue damage but was getting around well after having a prosthetic with a swiveling wheel attached to its shell, KCPQ-TV, Tacoma, Wash., reported Thursday.

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Dr. Nikol Finch of the Exotic Animal Service said there was concern Gamera would have trouble eating following the surgery so they attached a feeding tube and the tortoise has gained 3 pounds since being admitted.

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