Clever Vet Used LEGO To Make A Wheelchair For A Weakened Tortoise
Meet Blade, one of the luckiest tortoises ever. He got the priceless gift of a custom-made LEGO wheelchair, which a vet in Germany attached to his belly to help him move around.
The little guy’s limbs were weakened by a growth disorder, so he couldn’t hold his own weight up anymore. After Blade’s human friend Iris Peste noticed that her tortoise was having a great deal of trouble moving around and holding himself up, she brought him to a vet, Dr. Carsten Plischke. The idea of harnessing LEGO bricks and two sets of wheels, borrowed from the doctor’s son’s collection, came from not having any other options on the market.
“For people there are walkers, rollators or prostheses but for animals there are no companies that produce something like that,” explained Dr. Plischke. “The size variation of animals means they can’t establish uniform products. So you have to come up with creative solutions; every animal needs its own treatment.”
Fortunately, the LEGO attachment will not be permanent, as the tortoise is expected to get better and eventually use his legs at their full strength.