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Tortoise Wheeling About After Successful Amputation
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A 12-year old African spur-thighed tortoise got some new wheels recently. It's left front leg had to be amputated by Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and it was replaced with a swiveling wheel attached to its shell. Gamara was relinquished by its owner on April 20th due to a severe thermal injury and tissue damage from an unknown source.

Subsequent surgery by Dr. Courtney Watkins, a final year surgery resident, and Dr. Nickol Finch, head of WSU's Exotic Animal Service required that the limb be amputated at the shoulder and, as a precaution, that a temporary feeding tube be surgically implanted. To help the animal ambulate after the surgery, a small swiveling ball-type caster was attached to its shell with an epoxy adhesive. The animal took to his new prosthetic quickly with little encouragement and ambulates well on most surfaces. - Read more at WSU News

Question: Is anybody else having flash backs to Wizard of Oz's Wheelers

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