Pets & Animals

90-year-old tortoise gets a new set of wheels after losing legs

For approximately 90 years, Mrs. T moved along just like any tortoise would: At a glacial, slightly wobbly, but persistent pace.

But when she woke up from hibernation in a British garden shed, she discovered those days were over. Something terrible had happened: A rat had gnawed off her legs!

OK, that's the horrible part of this story. The wonderful part is that her owner, Jude Ryder, got her patched up (at a cost of around $1500), then handed her over to her grown son Dale to help make her mobile again.

According to the BBC, Dale took wheels from a toy plane and created an axle he could fit to Mrs. T's shell.

"We were afraid she may have to be put down, but her new set of wheels saved her life," said Jude. "She took to her new wheels straight away, but she has had to learn how to turn and stop. She can get a good speed up, much faster than before."

Watch the video for more about Mrs. T!

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