A Doctor Used Lego Bricks To Build A Tortoise An Awesome Wheelchair

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This is Blade, a cute little tortoise who has a metabolic bone disease that makes him unable to carry his own shell.

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After Blade’s owner, Iris Pleste, noticed her Greek tortoise seemed sluggish, she took him to her Germany-based veterinarian, Dr. Carsten Plischke.

“The bones were like rubber and the musculature had clearly diminished,” Plischke told CNET.

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While thinking about his son’s Lego toys, Dr. Plischke had a stroke of inspiration to help Blade.

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Why not build Blade a custom “skate” that would hold the shell off the ground, while he used his legs to propel him forward?

So he did!

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Admittedly, Blade wasn’t immediately impressed.

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But he certainly came around. Just look at him go!

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According to CNET, the Lego wheelchair consists of six pieces to help Blade stay mobile, “including four wheels with tyre treads — glued to the underside of Blade’s shell with special glue.”

A bonus of the contraption is that it helps him gain strength, so that eventually he won’t need the “training wheels.”

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Vets have to be particularly creative, Plischke said, because there are no products made specifically to help animals be mobile.

“For people there are walkers, rollators or prostheses but for animals there are no companies that produce something like that,” he said. “The size variation of animals means they can’t establish uniform products. So you have to come up with creative solutions; every animal needs its own treatment.”

Here’s more on Blade’s story:

Unfortunately told in German with no subtitles.

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17 Actual Towns That Look Just Like Hogsmeade

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“Hogsmeade looked like a Christmas card; the little thatched cottages and shops were all covered in a layer of crisp snow; there were holly wreaths on the doors and strings of enchanted candles hanging in the trees.”
—J.K. Rowling

1. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
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Perhaps we can find Dervish & Banges this way?

2. Colmar, France
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We’ll need to visit Dogweed and Deathcap for this week’s Herbology lesson.

3. Nördlingen, Germany
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My wand is busted. Ollivanders?

4. Zurich, Switzerland
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Let’s pick up Gilderoy Lockhart’s Who Am I? at Tomes and Scrolls.

5. Erfurt, Germany
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I’m dying for a foaming tankard of Butterbeer. Meet at the Three Broomsticks in 5?

6. Annecy, France
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Let’s take a right to Hogsmeade Station.

7. Salzburg, Austria
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We must be far away from The Hog’s Head.

8. Tallinn, Estonia
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There’s just something special about Scrivenshaft’s Quill Shop.

9. Kitzbühel, Austria
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Let’s dig through the barrel of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans at Honeydukes.

10. Hildesheim, Germany
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I’m glad we came this way to avoid The Shrieking Shack. That place creeps me out.

11. York, England
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Take him to Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop. All the happy couples go there.

12. Linz, Germany

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I forgot to visit Quality Quidditch Supplies in Diagon Alley. Maybe I can get a new Quaffle at Spintwitches?

13. Dinan, France

How far are we from J. Pippin’s Potions?

14. Stratford, England

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Do you think we’ll run into Snape at Potage’s Cauldron Shop?

15. Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
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We need to get those socks from Gladrags Wizardwear—they scream when they get too smelly!

16. Mont Saint-Michel, France

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Is that Hedwig in the Hogsmeade Post Office?

17. Old Quebec City, Canada

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I think I see Zonko’s Joke Shop up ahead!

Oh, Hogsmeade…
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If only you were real.

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