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Vets replace tortoise leg with wheel: Video

Vets in Washington have replaced the front left leg of a tortoise with a wheel.

After 12-year-old Gamera suffered severe burns, staff at Washington State University's (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine had to amputate the limb to save his life.

The vets then attached a swivelling wheel to his shell to allow the African spur-thighed tortoise to move about freely.

Tortoise with a wheel instead of a leg

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Watch a video of Gamera testing out his new prosthetic below:

Watch Dr Nickol Finch of WSU Exotic Animal Service talk about Gamera's unusual surgery below:

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