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Watch: This injured turtle wobbles around on a makeshift Lego wheelchair

An injured turtle is learning to walk again, all thanks to a Lego wheelchair and it is so adorable. 

The turtle, who was wounded in a hit-and-run accident, is now back on the mend with his little wheelchair made from Lego. 

The turtle was discovered in the middle of the road by a zoo attendant on his way to work.

The 18-year-old tortoise was fighting for its life as its shell had been shattered into seven pieces.

So how did this poor little guy get all fixed up?

He was put unconscious so he could undergo an hour-long surgery to repair its shell.

He is a Eastern Box Turtle, a breed that's native to the parkland surrounding the zoo. 

It was rescuers who had the bright idea to make a custom wheelchair out of Lego building blocks.

So, three months on from his accident, the reptile is now making his way around on his unusual new wheels. 

Head vet Dr. Ellen Bronson said, ''he was very traumatized initially after it happened. He had multiple fractures on his plastron, the bottom part of his shell. He was very quiet and meditative. He lost his appetite.''

''Now he’s so sweet and outgoing. He’s enjoying being centre of attention.''

There were metal bone plates, sewing clasps and surgical wire used to hold the turtle’s fragmented shell in place. 

So why Lego?

''It was perfect because it could adapt to the size and shape of his shell. This is the first time we’ve used Lego for something like this, that’s for sure!'' 

It will be a year before his shell is completely healed but until then, the turtle seems happy to wander around in his Lego wheelchair and look so cute while he's at it. 

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