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turtle gets prosthetic flippers 13 Feb 2013 06:06 #1

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Disabled Turtle Yu Given Prosthetic Flippers



loggerhead turtle thought to have had her front limbs partly severed in a shark attack has been given a new pair of artificial flippers.

Yu, aged about 25, has been through 26 pairs of rubber limbs already - but all have proved too painful to keep.

The new ones are attached to a vest slipped over her head, said Naoki Kamezaki, curator at an aquarium near Kobe in western Japan, where Yu lives.

"We have worked hard to design the vest in a way that prevents the turtle from taking it off unwittingly," he said.

Yu, who weighs 96kg (212lbs) and has a shell 82cm (32ins) long, was pulled out of a fisherman's net and sent to the Suma Aqualife Park in mid-2008.

One third of her right limb and half of the left limb were gone following what Mr Kamezaki believes must have been a shark attack.

The aquarium started developing artificial limbs for Yu in late 2008 as she could swim only at about 60% of normal speed.

Earlier versions caused her difficulty because they were squeezed into the stumps.

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:coffee: finally some good news... i think i might faint
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turtle gets prosthetic flippers 18 Feb 2013 16:42 #2

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27 pairs i respect the effort...

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turtle gets prosthetic flippers 18 Feb 2013 20:16 #3

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i agree .........., much respect for the effort put into helping him out. wonderful to see!
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