Life Imitates Bugs Bunny.

Pimp My Tortoise

Tina was fitted with a plastic wheel four years ago to replace her rear right leg. But increasingly warmer autumns mean Tina hibernates later in the year, leaving her battling to cope with muddy grass and slopes and dead leaves. So the rudimentary wheel has now been replaced with an air-filled tyre and a spring suspension system with shock absorber.

The spur thigh tortoise was donated to Longleat in 2002 when she seemed to be depressed because of her lack of manoeuvrability. She rapidly recovered when the plastic wheel was fitted but it wore out and buckled over time as she tried to access rougher parts of her enclosure.

Darren Beasley, the animal's carer at Longleat, said: 'The new system is incredible and allows Tina to go all over the place. She is one of the oldest tortoises we have here at Longleat but you would never know it. She is now among the fastest and certainly making the most of the warm weather prior to hibernating. And she can cope with any terrain -- it's amazing.'

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12 Responses:

  1. zzedar says:

    How do you tell if a tortoise is depressed?

  2. badger says:

    Also eastern USA, albeit without shock absorbers.

    • sheilagh says:

      with dogs and cats (little roller skates fitted for cats, etc.)

      But somehow, with turtles, it seems even sweeter. Like now, they can be crazy old people in turbo-powered wheelchairs!

  3. ultranurd says:

    Elderly Cyborg Hibernating Turtles?

  4. jp4r says:

    Anyone know how old she is?

  5. kfringe says:

    they rape and kill rhinoceroses

    "You said rape twice."

    "I like rape."

    • lafinjack says:

      "I've never killed a man."
      "I beg your pardon?"
      "I said I've never killed a man."
      "I didn't ask if you had."
      "You asked why I thought I was qualified, I think of that as qualification."
      "And I'm just wondering why that in particular strikes you as an important qualification for semen donation."
      "I would say that's a big fucking qualif-- excuse me, a very important qualification."
      "Noone's ever said that before."
      "Have you ever asked?"
      "You should."

  6. When the tortoise has better suspension than my powerchair does, it's seriously time to upgrade.

    Or firebomb Medicare.

  7. lol, hilarious!!!!!!!!!! thanks :D

  8. fastfwd says:

    I for one welcome our new Off-Road Tortoise Overlords.