As the old man’s tale says,” When life gives you lemons, make a lemonade.”
But… When rats take your legs, get a pair of wheels!
A hundred year old female tortoise is now doubling his normal speed after being fitted with a set of wheels after a vicious rat gnawed off its two front legs to the elbow joint while she was hibernating. The much-loved pet has the run of Ms Ryder’s garden in Pembroke, West Wales, in spring and summer before being tucked away in in the garden shed to hibernate.
Ms Ryder was horrified when she went to check on her ancient pet last month and found its front legs had been eaten away in the rat attack. Her local vet battled to save Mrs T (as the tortoise is being called) but feared she would not survive without being mobile. After running up to a £1,000 vets bill Ms. Ryder turned to her mechanical engineer son Dale Sinclair-Jones, 37, for help.
It was like fitting her with a turbo charger – she’s going double the speed she used to. She uses her back legs to push herself along, she seems quite happy but it’s difficult to tell with a tortoise,” Owner Jude Ryder, aged 56.
According to his mother,
She can get a good speed up, much faster than before. Mrs T is still quite young for a tortoise she could go on for another 50 years – all she needs is a new set of tires every now and again.”
Way to go Mr. Jones, Mrs. T’s life has been saved!