A 90-year-old tortoise nicknamed Mrs. T is now mobile again thanks to a custom set of wheels. After a rat attack resulted in the lose of her two front legs, her owners affixed wheels from a model aircraft to her shell, The Telegraph reports.
“It was like fitting her with a turbo charger — she’s going double the speed she used to,” Jude Ryder, Mrs. T’s owner, said. “She uses her back legs to push herself along.”
The Ryders took Mrs. T to a vet after the rat attack, but were worried she would have to be put down if she remained immobile. Luckily, Jude’s son Dale is a mechanical engineer, and he was able to design the wheels in a way that would work with Mrs. T’s movements.
“She took to them straight away, but she has had to learn how to turn and stop,” Jude said. “She seems quite happy, but it’s difficult to tell with a tortoise.”