After a rat chewed off her front legs, Mrs. T the tortoise got a new lease on life with this crafty rig.
Mrs. T is a tortoise from Pembroke, Wales. Her owner, Jude Ryder, put her in a garden shed to hibernate for the winter. She should have been safe there, but unfortunately, her son Dale's pet rat was too clever and found a way to break in. Once in there, it chewed Mrs. T's front legs off. Pretty gruesome.
Luckily, Dale is a mechanical engineer. When he realized Mrs. T's legs weren't salvageable, he got some tires from a model airplane, glued them to her shell, and gave her a new means of getting around. She can turn, move backwards and forwards, and generally exhibit all the agility you'd expect of a 90-year-old tortoise.
This shouldn't surprise anyone. Tortoises don't need their front legs. Even a bean sprout is enough to pull themselves around. This story should, however, be taken as a lesson: if you want your tortoise to hibernate in safety, put it in the fridge.