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WATCH: Turtle Regains Mobility with Lego Wheel Prosthetic

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When Schildi the turtle was found by animal rescuers, he wasn’t in great shape. Veterinarians found that he had a badly infected leg, which had to be amputated. But to make sure Schildi could regain mobility, some creative doctors at the Bird Consulting Practice in Baden, Germany, created a special prosthetic for him made from Legos.

Dr. Panagiotis Azmanis came up with the idea and found the pieces after raiding a co-worker’s daughter’s toy box. Fitted to the turtle’s body with glue, the doctors tweaked with the popular building blocks to find the right height, and also determined that a single wheel worked better than two wheels, especially for navigating turns. ¬†Schildi is recovering at an animal rescue center and is adapting nicely to his new wheel.

“We will see him again once in a while for check-ups,” said Azmanis. “If he gets a ‘flat tire’ it will be a simple matter to replace the wheel. They move around quite a lot so I’d expect to see him for a new wheel about once a year.”

Check out Schildi in action. Later, skater!

Photo credit: Christopher Vesser

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