Injured turtle gets LEGO wheelchair at Maryland Zoo
An injured turtle is riding in style thanks to zoo keepers at The Maryland Zoo.
The wild Eastern box turtle has been outfitted with a wheelchair made of LEGO bricks.
A zoo employee found the injured turtle in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland, in July.
"He had multiple fractures on his plastron, the bottom part of his shell," ,” said Dr. Ellen Bronson, senior director of animal health, conservation, and research at the Zoo.
The zoo's veterinary team performed surgery, fixing the turtle's broken shell. Because of the placement of the turtle's fractures, the zoo had a hard time helping him get around while he healed.
But then someone came up with the idea of the LEGO wheelchair.
"They don’t make turtle-sized wheelchairs. So, we drew some sketches of a customized wheelchair and I sent them to a friend who is a LEGO® enthusiast," said Garrett Fraess, veterinary extern at the Zoo.
The turtle-sized wheelchair was delivered to the zoo a few weeks later. Zoo officials say the turtle took off as soon as he was outfitted with the miniature design, which allows the turtle's shell to stay off the ground while it heals.