The eastern box turtle appears to be healing up nicely and will hopefully be released soon.
Do you remember the story about the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) who was brought to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore with a cracked plastron and was then outfitted with a lego wheelchair to help it move about?
We were careful to make sure no human or turtle stepped on any Legos in the process 😂.
Posted by The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Monday, October 22, 2018
Well, winter is fast approaching and the zoo staff have prepared an outdoor enclosure complete with leaf litter and loose soil so the reptile can prepare for brumation. The Legos wheelchair was removed for the first time so he can better dig down into his brumation enclosure. The turtle, which looks to be healing up nicely, will be checked over the next several months to ensure that he is doing well in his slumber.
When his wounds are fully healed, the zoo hopes to release him back in the wild where he was found.
The eastern box turtle was brought to the zoo’s hospital for treatment in July 2018. He had multiple fractures on his plastron, which were stabilized, and the Legos wheelchair was outfitted on his shell so he could better move about.