Injured Indian star tortoise picks up speed after getting new wheels

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Despite losing a front leg in a mongoose attack, a two-year-old Indian star tortoise is faster than ever. The injured tortoise has been fitted with a new set of wheels that allow her to reach her food before than any of her tortoise friends.

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A resident of the the Araingar Anna Zoological park in Chennai, the female tortoise lost its right front leg after being bitten by a mongoose from a nearby forest. When the zoo noticed that she was unable to move or eat, she was taken for a 30-minute operation where veterinarians fitted a prosthetic wheel on the underside of her shell.

Soon afterwards, the female tortoise was back on its feet. The lightweight wheels help her move around with ease, and have even made her faster than the 14 other tortoises in the zoo.

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An Indian veterinarian poses for a photograph holding a star tortoise fitted with a prosthetic wheel inplant after he sustained an injury at the Araingar Anna Zoological park in Chennai on June 16, 2016. The tortoise was bitten during an encounter with a mongoose in the park, losing one its front legs. The tortoise underwent a 30 minute operation at the zoological park animal hospital to attach a prosthetic wheel to the underside of his shell, which now helps him to move around. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR/Getty
An Indian star tortoise uses a prosthetic wheel fitted after an injury to move around inside the Araingar Anna Zoological park in Chennai on June 16, 2016. The tortoise was bitten during an encounter with a mongoose in the park, losing one its front legs. The tortoise underwent a 30 minute operation at the zoological park animal hospital to attach a prosthetic wheel to the underside of his shell, which now helps him to move around. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR/Getty
An Indian star tortoise uses a prosthetic wheel fitted after an injury to move around an enclosure at the Araingar Anna Zoological park in Chennai on June 16, 2016. The tortoise was bitten during an encounter with a mongoose in the park, losing one its front legs. The tortoise underwent a 30 minute operation at the zoological park animal hospital to attach a prosthetic wheel to the underside of his shell, which now helps him to move around. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR/Getty
An Indian star tortoise uses a prosthetic wheel fitted after an injury to move around an enclosure at the Araingar Anna Zoological park in Chennai on June 16, 2016. The tortoise was bitten during an encounter with a mongoose in the park, losing one its front legs. The tortoise underwent a 30 minute operation at the zoological park animal hospital to attach a prosthetic wheel to the underside of his shell, which now helps him to move around. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR/Getty
An Indian veterinarian poses for a photograph holding a star tortoise fitted with a prosthetic wheel inplant after he sustained an injury at the Araingar Anna Zoological park in Chennai on June 16, 2016. The tortoise was bitten during an encounter with a mongoose in the park, losing one its front legs. The tortoise underwent a 30 minute operation at the zoological park animal hospital to attach a prosthetic wheel to the underside of his shell, which now helps him to move around. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR /Getty
An Indian star tortoise uses a prosthetic wheel fitted after an injury to move around an enclosure at the Araingar Anna Zoological park in Chennai on June 16, 2016. The tortoise was bitten during an encounter with a mongoose in the park, losing one its front legs. The tortoise underwent a 30 minute operation at the zoological park animal hospital to attach a prosthetic wheel to the underside of his shell, which now helps him to move around. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR/Getty
An Indian star tortoise uses a prosthetic wheel fitted after an injury to move around inside the Araingar Anna Zoological park in Chennai on June 16, 2016. The tortoise was bitten during an encounter with a mongoose in the park, losing one its front legs. The tortoise underwent a 30 minute operation at the zoological park animal hospital to attach a prosthetic wheel to the underside of his shell, which now helps him to move around. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR/Getty
An Indian star tortoise uses a prosthetic wheel fitted after an injury to move around inside the Araingar Anna Zoological park in Chennai on June 16, 2016. The tortoise was bitten during an encounter with a mongoose in the park, losing one its front legs. The tortoise underwent a 30 minute operation at the zoological park animal hospital to attach a prosthetic wheel to the underside of his shell, which now helps him to move around. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR /Getty
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