Tortoise rescued from shell hell

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A LUCKY tortoise now boasts a smart new ‘go faster’ shell after vets used car repair skills to save its life.

‘Hardy,’ an impressive looking seven-year-old male, arrived at Wallgate’s Anrich Veterinary Hospital in what appeared a critical condition.

Anrich Vets practice manager James Weston, left, and his dad, clinical director Richard Weston

Anrich Vets practice manager James Weston, left, and his dad, clinical director Richard Weston

He had a large crack in his shell - possibly from a fall while roaming around his owners garden - and was suffering blood and fluid loss.

After specialised surgery from vet Richard Weston, he employed the skills of his son James to effect a ground-breaking repair of its shell.

In his younger days James ran a business custom modifying cars and vans which involved lots of specialist glass fibre casting work.

So the intrepid craftsman simply transferred the knowledge to Hardy and rather than a fancy new wing or sleek new bonnet, the tortoise now boasts a waterproof and extremely durable semi-synethic shell.

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