A box turtle must have become probably the fastest-moving pet turtle in the world, thanks to its hot, new set of appendages - wheels from Lego.
Pedro the turtle, an adult pet, was adopted by his owners. At that time Pedro did not have one hind limb.
However, he went missing several months ago from his outdoor enclosure. When he returned, his last remaining hind legs too was gone.
The turtle's owner Sandra Traylor brought him to Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
The veterinarians did not find anything wrong with the pet and helped treat his wounded limb. The owners decided that the box pet, which could still box up and protect itself, become an indoor pet.
However, the vets at LSU had a better idea for Pedro. They decided that they could try giving him a new set of limbs.
The vets pondered about whether to provide him 3-D limbs or a prosthetic one. They then came upon giving him wheels.
They decided to use wheels from Lego to add to his missing set of limbs. They made an axel long enough for his body and fit the wheels and the axle on him using epoxy. The also used syringe cases to hold the axels
Watch the ingenious technique used for the turtle so it can walk, rather 'roll' again:
A delighted Twitterati erupted with reactions:
Now, that Pedro is an internet sensation, owners even created a Twitter and YouTube account for the turtle.