In the video: Tseva broke her pelvis and they attached wheels to her instead (singing by Inbar Danin)
What happens when a turtle breaks its pelvis and has difficulty walking?
The Safari Wildlife Hospital and the Nature and Parks Authority thought of a creative solution - wheels.
At the end of February, the Nature and Parks Authority's "Live Bullens" volunteers brought to the Safari Wildlife Hospital in Ramat Gan, a tortoise found in the Ma'ale Adumim area, which suffered from a pelvic fracture and leg weakness.
After she underwent x-rays, the director of the wildlife hospital, Professor Dodo Ashhar, discovered that the cause of her weakness was a fractured pelvis, as a result of which she had difficulty walking.
To allow the pelvic fracture to heal, it was necessary to immobilize her hind legs and prevent her from using them.
The exit openings of the rear legs were bandaged, in a way that made it difficult for the elephant to move freely.
The hospital thought of a creative solution - to install wheels for her.
Tsava broke her pelvis and wheels were attached to her instead (photo: official website, Shira Inbar Danin)
In order to produce customized wheels for Tsava, for Yaad Zucker, one of the hospital's service members contacted the robotics group of Hadrim High School in Hod Hasharon, "Hadrim Tim 3075", and they got involved in the task.
A day later, the students even arrived at the hospital with Lego wheels and axles, ones that might fit the dimensions and gait of Tsava.
The hospital staff selected the parts that best fit her dimensions, and assembled a hinge with wheels from them that was glued with a special glue for the armor of a taba.
Soon, Tzava learned to walk "on wheels", and according to what was said at the hospital, she demonstrates impressive control of the new skill she acquired.
According to Professor Ashhar, the zebra is expected to remain in this condition for a few weeks, at the end of which, the fracture in the pelvis may be fused, the prosthetic wheels will be removed and the zebra will be able to return to the wild.
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