Cute little injured turtle now has wheels: "They see me rollin, they hatin"


(photos: REUTERS/Nir Elias)

A veterinarian places Tzvika, an injured female turtle, on a carpet at the Wildlife Hospital in the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv January 5, 2011. Now she's a cyborg turtle.

About two months ago Tzvika was run over by a lawn mower, suffering severe damage to her shell and a spinal injury that affected her ability to use her rear limbs. The wheels, attached by veterinarians at the Safari, elevate the turtle to keep the shell from being worn down and enable her to walk.

More photographs below, the first of which shows you how the wheels were attached to her body. Mark blogged about an earlier turtle-mod project like this back in 2008. I like turtles.




  1. Sooooo cute!

    I’m already thinking of several different designs, though… one central ball (like a trackball) that could let the turtle more effectively turn, or rubber tires that wouldn’t drag on carpet, etc.

    I guess when you’re facing permanent road rash in your nether regions, you’ll take any wheels at all, though.

  2. And, if you drag her backwards a short way on a smooth surface, she zips forward at high speed for ages!

  3. Monday a Kanye related post and today she is quoting Chamillionaire, very cool Xeni. I didn’t know you were a fan of hip-hop!

    Poor little critter, hopefully it can still have a good life..on wheels.

    1. Yes, it’s a tortoise, not a turtle; no webbed feet as far as I can see. And it looks like our own Southwestern desert tortoise. What good would wheels do a creature who spends most of its time in the water?

  4. The last photo gives me an awesome idea for a new mouse…so where does one go about finding an injured turtle and giving it a purpose in life

  5. And remember: no jokes about “Hot Wheels” cars, doing “wheelies,” and don’t even mention drag racing…

  6. Poor baby can never be in the wild again. I hope they compensate by giving her the most mind-blowing tortoise treats in the universe.

  7. All seriousness – Tzvika needs better wheels. Those wheels look cheap and probably won’t move very well on rough or uneven surfaces.

  8. Great I have 2 Tortoises and know how fast they can move on legs so with wheels it mut be speeding!

  9. That’s a Tortoise NOT a Turtle lol. Turtles & Terrapins live in the water, That’s a land animal, which will make it a TORTOISE!!
    All the same, at least it was saved, but I won’t b taking my Tortoises or Turtles to that vet if he/she can’t tell the difference between a Tortoise & a Turtle

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