By: Savannah Smith | 09-29-2018 | News
Photo credit: Maryland Zoo

Maryland - Injured Turtle Gets Customized Lego-Made Wheelchair

Everything is being done to make sure a wild turtle with a broken shell recovers and gets to freely walk again at the Maryland Zoo including having the animal roll around on a wheelchair creatively made of Legos.

Prior to that, veterinarians had performed surgery on the eastern box turtle that is only the size of a grapefruit after he was found in July with fractures to the underside of his shell.

So determined zoo veterinarian extern Garrett Fraess was for the turtle to mend that when faced with the reality that no one makes turtle-sized wheelchairs, he decided to send sketches to a friend who’s a Lego enthusiast. Anything for the creature since Fraess says keeping its shell bottom off the ground is crucial for the animal to heal fully.

The LEGO® lover proved to be the little creature’s hero as he came through with the wheelchair, using the specs he was provided with to create a custom, colorful wheelchair that perfectly fits the grapefruit-sized turtle.

Fraess said: “The small LEGO® frame surrounds his shell and sits on four LEGO® wheels. Plumbers putty attaches the device to the edges of the turtle’s upper shell, which gets him off of the ground and allows his legs to be freed up so he can move.”

Social media users are also cheering the turtle on in his road to recovery.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is my other favorite story of the day — Injured turtle gets a custom LEGO wheelchair 🐢 <a href=""></a> via: <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#probeatz</a>.ga <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a> via: <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#probeatz</a>.ga <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a> v… <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ayser Salman (@aysersalman) <a href="">September 29, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So happy for Mr Turtle 🐢 ♿️</p>&mdash; d 🇺🇸 🔔 🗽 (@dougalpollux) <a href="">September 27, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Go turtle go!</p>&mdash; Moody (@MoodysMusic) <a href="">September 27, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The wheelchair for the turtle became ready only weeks after its surgery. Thanks to the wheelchair- and the efforts of zoo workers to help the turtle- the animal can now get its shell off the ground and have his legs move. And the fighting turtle appeared to have warmed up to its wheelchair soon enough as it has been rolling in the zoo.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WATCH: Injured turtle gets around on Lego wheelchair.<a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; FOX44 Baton Rouge (@wgmbfox44) <a href="">September 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Dr. Ellen Bronson shares, however, that the little creature while still lucky will still heal in true turtle fashion- which means rather slowly. It will likely still use his creative wheelchair into the spring.

Once he is all patched up and rehabilitated, the turtle will be released back into the wild.


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Anonymous No. 38243 2018-09-29 : 05:51

Released back into the wild so some asshole can swerve to hit it someday when it’s crossing a road. I see it all the time where I live. No one hits the massive snappers but the younger snappers, painted, and box are found in large numbers during nesting, about half the time hit while on the shoulder. If I was a taxidermist I’d hollow out a few that are not shattered to bad and get some of those cop road spikes to fill it up with. But that would probably get more vengeance done to the innocent turtles from the simple minded idiot that gets thrills out of killing a slow moving really interesting creature. Glad this guy is doing good and wish him the best.

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