The Little Turtle with a
Big Heart . . . and Some Wheels
Photo: Jim Lee
Photo: Jenny Warburg
young Eastern Box Turtle was hit by a car in September of 2000. Her
crushed and she was left
There was no way she would ever be released to the wild as happens with
most successful rehabs. I repaired her shell using velcro strips
epoxied to anchor points on her carapace. After some weeks Little
Bit seemed to
have made a full recovery except for the use of her hind legs.
So some wheels seemed
to be the way to go. Some lightweight model airplane wheels on a wire
frame did the trick. The removable wheels were secured by a
strip epoxied to her plastron. The velcro strips on the
were removed after four months. She was eating, drinking, and
exploring all the rooms of my house.
she was able to move around outside as well. She lived until
early in 2002 when she died unexpectedly (and suddenly). After all
had been through I did not have the heart to order any kind of post
mortem from the local vet school. I simply said goodbye and thanked her
for what she had shared with me and others who met her.