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Tortoise gets artificial wheel at vet hospital
Tortoise that had leg amputated moving fine with artificial wheel installed in Wash. state
By The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) ' Watch out Mr. Hare, this tortoise has a wheel.

A 12-year-old African tortoise that recently had a front leg amputed due to injury is now moving just fine, thanks to a swiveling wheel attached to his shell by surgeons at Washington State University's veterinary hospital.

Officials at WSU say the 23-pound tortoise, named Gamera after the giant flying turtle of the old Japanese monster movie, is gaining weight and generally thriving with his new appendage.

Veterinary hospital spokesman Charlie Powell said the wheel allows Gamera to move on flat and lumpy surfaces.

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