A bionic Lego wheelchair - for a turtle

When an employee of the Maryland Zoo found a severely injured turtle in a local park, the little reptile's chances weren't good. He had several fractures in his lower shell, which could reliably be repaired, but only if they can remain stable. Since it can take many months for the breaks to heal, just flipping him over on his back for the duration wasn't really an option, and there were no existing trusses small enough for a turtle of this size. Lego to the rescue!

Zoo staff took measurements and sent them to a Lego fan, who built a tiny harness for the turtle. The pieces attach to his upper shell with plumber's putty, keeping his stomach up off the ground, while a set of wheels mean he can still push himself around.


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