Though the tale of Mrs. T the tortoise seems fantastical, it's true. Still, we think it appropriate to tell the story like the fairytale it appears to be.
Once upon a time, in a far away land (Pembroke, West Wales) there lived a woman named Jude Ryder and her friend Mrs. T, the 90-year-old tortoise.
Last winter, Mrs. T's life took a turn.
Lost in the deep slumber of hibernation, she didn't notice when a mischievous rat slipped into her hutch. She didn't even wake up when said rat began chewing right through her two front legs. The rat gnawed and gnawed until poor Mrs. T's legs were almost completely gone!
Luckily, when the poor tortoise awoke to find her legs missing, she had plenty of support, and people dedicated to helping her regain mobility.
"I shall make prosthetic legs for the poor girl," thought the well-intentioned local cobbler. But sadly, the remnants of Mrs. T's legs were too small for prosthetics.
But Mrs. T's human had another innovative solution up her sleeve.
Mrs. Ryder turned to her mechanical engineer son, Dale (below), for help.
Dale looked at his old model airplane, and then at his friend Mrs. T, and suddenly it clicked. He would take the wheels from the airplane and glue it to the shell of his tortoise, and voila! Bionic Mrs. T was born.
With her new set of wheels, Mrs. T could move at lightning speed. Well, kind of.
"She can walk backwards, forwards turn around. She seems to be coping incredibly well," Dale says of Mrs. T in a video posted to YouTube.
"It was like fitting her with a turbo charger — she's going double the speed she used to," Ryder told the Telegraph UK. "She uses her back legs to push herself along. She seems quite happy, but it's difficult to tell with a tortoise."
Now, Mrs. T and her human family will live happily ever after, in a much more fast-paced way.
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