Veterinarians at the Maryland Zoo equipped a harmed Eastern turtle with a wheelchair worked from Lego. A representative of the zoo found the turtle whose shell had been harmed in a close-by stop.
“He had various breaks on his plastron, the base piece of his shell. On account of the novel situation of the cracks, we were faced with a tough challenge with keeping up the turtle’s versatility while enabling him to mend appropriately,” said Ellen Bronson, the sensior director of zoo’s animal department.
Zoo officials say there aren’t devices small enough for turtles to use so they got creative and drew sketches of a customized wheelchair. The sketches were then sent to a friend, who is also a LEGO enthusiast.
“The sketches proved to be a success and the turtle received his very own multi-colored LEGO brick wheelchair just a few weeks after surgery. The turtle is roughly the size of a grapefruit. The small LEGO frame surrounds his shell and sits on four LEGO wheels,” said Garrett Fraess, veterinary extern at the zoo.