Zoo turtle wheeled out of depression in Israel

Israel Materials 15 August 2008 15:47 (UTC +04:00)

Keepers at Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo found a unique way to give new zest to a turtle who was depressed and lethargic because his paralyzed hind legs made him slow, even for his species, dpa reported.

The zoo keeper told Israel Radio Friday that the turtle refused to eat much, move or show even a turtle-like interest in his surroundings.

The solution was to screw a pair of wheels onto the rear of his shell.

The reptile is now happily moving about on his custom-made turtle wheelchair and interacting, as much as turtles do, with his environment.