Deformed tortoise gets skateboard wheels
A Delaware man used some mini-skate-board wheels to teach a tortoise, born with an unusual deformity, to walk.
Randy Betz, who works as a medical sales consultant, said he recently started a side business helping people hatch tortoise eggs, and one of the animals recently came out with its back legs pointing upward instead of downward.
Betz said the tortoise, dubbed Helix, was in danger of being euthanised, as he was unable to walk. He said he was inspired by a mini skateboard to come up with a different solution.
“I took some glue, some superglue, and I glued it right on the back end of it,” he said.
He said Helix has now learned to walk by using his front legs to pull his wheels.