He is free to roam around on his own and is pulling through gracefully.
The wild box turtle who was found back in July with multiple fractures to the underside of his shell has made a full recovery, almost a year later. He had been using a custom-made LEGO wheelchair to get around while he healed, but can now roam freely.
Maryland Zoo employees had to think outside the box (shell?) in order to allow the turtle to recover properly, so they created a wheelchair for him out of LEGOs. The chair allowed him the use of his legs while elevating his underside off the ground.
The turtle has awakened from his winter brumation period (a turtle's version of hibernation). Until he is free to be released into the wild, zoo staff have created a habitat which mimics his outdoor environment and where he spent his brumation.
To update the public of his recovery, the Maryland Zoo uploaded a video to Twitter of them removing the wheelchair piece by piece – See the video below:
#LEGO Turtle Update: After waking up from his winter nap, our hospital care team has been checking up on LEGO Turtle's healing shell. We're hoping to release him once he's fully healed! @LEGO_Group— Maryland Zoo (@marylandzoo) April 25, 2019
Learn more about LEGO Turtle's journey: https://t.co/zfTjSbhiF3 pic.twitter.com/12jypCImkA
**All images courtesy of Maryland Zoo
Have you seen an injured turtle and tried to help it? How cute is the turtle with his little wheelchair? Tell us in the comments.