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.
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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