Vince the tortoise can walk again thanks to a snazzy Lego wheel

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    Vince the tortoise can walk again thanks to a snazzy Lego wheel
    Vince is able to speed around again. (Picture: SWNS)

    At just seven years old, tiny tortoise Vince lost his front leg in a vicious dog attack.

    He’d escaped from home and was found injured by neighbours.

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    When he was taken to the vets, his owner, Kara Paynton, was told that the tortoise might die.

    ‘When I went, the vet told me he was in a bad way and that his bone was exposed and maggots had infected the wound.

    ‘I was told he would probably die, so I prepared myself for the worst.

    ‘They operated on him and cut the bone off, cleaned the infection and stitched him up.’

    COLLECT - Vince the tortoise after surgery. A tiny tortoise who lost his leg after a vicious dog attack has been nursed back to full health after vets gave him a new limb ñ made out of a LEGO WHEEL. See NTI story NTISHELL. Little seven-year-old Vince escaped from his home in August and was found by neighbours ñ but was missing his front leg. He was taken to Vets4Pets in Banbury, Oxon, where owner Kara Paynton, 33, was told the devastating news that her beloved pet might die. He suffered a dog bite which left his bone exposed and the wound had become infected by maggots. Vets operated on Vince, who measures 13cm long and is 10cm wide, and amputated his leg, but the terrifying dog attack left him crippled and barely able to walk. A veterinary nurse told Kara that she knew an engineer who also owned a tortoise who could help. The quick-thinking stranger offered his services to Vince by making a prototype foot out of a Lego wheel which he attached with rubber bands. The man-made contraption allowed Vince to get back on his feet, and he is now well on the way to recovery and can walk freely around his home.
    (Picture: SWNS)

    He was saved thanks to a full amputation of his front leg, but the procedure left him barely able to walk.

    The solution? A special Lego wheel to help Vince get around again.

    Vince the tortoise with owner Kara Paynton at home in Banbury, Oxfordshire. A tiny tortoise who lost his leg after a vicious dog attack has been nursed back to full health after vets gave him a new limb ñ made out of a LEGO WHEEL. See NTI story NTISHELL. Little seven-year-old Vince escaped from his home in August and was found by neighbours ñ but was missing his front leg. He was taken to Vets4Pets in Banbury, Oxon, where owner Kara Paynton, 33, was told the devastating news that her beloved pet might die. He suffered a dog bite which left his bone exposed and the wound had become infected by maggots. Vets operated on Vince, who measures 13cm long and is 10cm wide, and amputated his leg, but the terrifying dog attack left him crippled and barely able to walk. A veterinary nurse told Kara that she knew an engineer who also owned a tortoise who could help. The quick-thinking stranger offered his services to Vince by making a prototype foot out of a Lego wheel which he attached with rubber bands. The man-made contraption allowed Vince to get back on his feet, and he is now well on the way to recovery and can walk freely around his home.
    (Picture: SWNS)

    One of the veterinary nurses put Kara in touch with an engineer called Nathan Portlock-Allan, who also owned a tortoise.

    He constructed a prototype foot out of a toy Lego wheel, which he attached to Vince with rubber bands.

    Although it took some time to get used to, Vince is now able to stroll around freely, speeding around the home and garden as he pleases.

    ‘The vets took Vince’s measurements and Nathan made him a prototype foot out of a Lego wheel and fixed it on using rubber bands,’ said Kara.

    ‘It was custom-made so it fit Vince exactly.

    Vince the tortoise with owner Kara Paynton at home in Banbury, Oxfordshire. A tiny tortoise who lost his leg after a vicious dog attack has been nursed back to full health after vets gave him a new limb ñ made out of a LEGO WHEEL. See NTI story NTISHELL. Little seven-year-old Vince escaped from his home in August and was found by neighbours ñ but was missing his front leg. He was taken to Vets4Pets in Banbury, Oxon, where owner Kara Paynton, 33, was told the devastating news that her beloved pet might die. He suffered a dog bite which left his bone exposed and the wound had become infected by maggots. Vets operated on Vince, who measures 13cm long and is 10cm wide, and amputated his leg, but the terrifying dog attack left him crippled and barely able to walk. A veterinary nurse told Kara that she knew an engineer who also owned a tortoise who could help. The quick-thinking stranger offered his services to Vince by making a prototype foot out of a Lego wheel which he attached with rubber bands. The man-made contraption allowed Vince to get back on his feet, and he is now well on the way to recovery and can walk freely around his home.
    (Picture: SWNS)

    ‘He’s getting on well with it on a flat surface at the moment. He seems to have got the hang out it now.

    ‘The test will come when he’s more active in the warm weather as he loves climbing.’

    Nathan now plans to make Vince a permanent wheel to be fixed on with resin, so that Vince will be able to walk on different types of terrain.

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