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Turtle lost his back legs so doctor’s built him a fancy Lego wheelchair

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Do you want to spend several minutes of your day gazing at photos of a turtle in a wheelchair?

Well, do we have the story for you.

This fine specimen is Pedro the handicap-able turtle, a patient of Louisiana State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Baton Rouge.

“But of course he didn’t have any back legs, so our doctors quickly had to figure out what they were going to do.”

When Pedro was adopted, he was already missing one hind leg. He recently ran away for a few months, and when he returned home, the prodigal box turtle had somehow managed to lose the other one.

Image: LSU School of Veterinary Medicines

His owners brought him to LSU and vets concluded that, other than being inexplicably accident-prone, Pedro was just fine.

Image: LSU School of Veterinary Medicines

“There was nothing medically wrong with him,” Ginger Guttner, the communications manager for LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine told CNN. “But of course he didn’t have any back legs, so our doctors quickly had to figure out what they were going to do.”

Image: LSU School of Veterinary Medicines

They found their answer where so many great medical puzzles are solved: The toy store.

A zoological intern at the hospital picked up a Lego car kit, and using some syringe parts and animal-safe epoxy, vets MacGyvered a sweet little rig for Pedro’s caboose.

Image: LSU School of Veterinary Medicines

Look! The wheelchair can even be snapped off the bottom of his shell so Pedro stays clean. Does he understand how much people care for him? Can he feel how much he is loved?

Guttner says such ingenuity, Lego-based or otherwise, is pretty common in the field.

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