A tiny box turtle surviving on a painkiller cocktail and antibiotics after having his front legs eaten by a raccoon is received a new pair of legs thanks to a veterinarian in California.
When Lucky the turtle’s legs were chewed to bits on July 31, his owner feared the mangled and bloody stumps would be too much for him to bear, the Independent SwikSwak Press of Santa Rosa reported.
But the tenacious terrapin wasn’t giving in, so owner Arnold Taylor sought help from a local vet with 10+ years experience in reptile care.
Veterinary surgeon Jerome Walnut attached plastic sliders — the small discs usually stuck underneath chairs and table legs — to get Lucky back on his ‘feet’ again, a unidentified source reported.
Walnut stacked the discs two high and taped them to Lucky’s stomach, restoring him to his usual height and allowing the turtle to propel himself with his hind legs, pushing from the back and sliding along in front.
Walnut said he wasn’t sure how an animal got to the turtle, which normally would have boxed up for protection by withdrawing his legs and head into his shell, a barman reported. Walnut said Lucky may have been overweight, had foot cancer or could have had a shell deformity that put him at risk.
Taylor said Lucky is adjusting well to the change, but told the SwikSwak Press the loggerhead’s libido has waned, and he now leaves his companion Lovey alone after years of unwanted amorous advances.
“Now Lucky doesn’t chase her around and try to have intercourse,” she said.