An injured wild Eastern box turtle at The Maryland Zoo is getting some help thanks to LEGO bricks.
Zoo officials say the turtle was found in Druid Hill Park in July by a zoo employee, and was brought to the zoo's hospital for treatment. The turtle had multiple shell fractures, and needed extensive repair.
The Zoo’s veterinary team performed surgery to stabilize the turtle’s severely fractured shell. Metal bone plates, sewing clasps and surgical wire now hold the delicate shell fragments together.
Zoo officials say there aren’t devices small enough for turtles to use so they got creative and drew sketches of a customized wheelchair. The sketches were then sent to a friend, who is also a LEGO enthusiast! And voila! A LEGO wheelchair was born!
Flash forward to this week, when the little guy was healed up enough to have the wheelchair removed and walk around on his own. Great work on the part of the Maryland Zoo team!