Tortoise with broken shell recovering after surgery

Posted at 4:41 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 19:50:20-04

FALLBROOK, Calif. (KGTV) -- A tortoise is recovering after falling 10 feet from a wall Sunday, cracking its shell.

The tortoise was found by a good Samaritan after falling from a 10-foot wall while being chased by a dog, according to the County News Center.

The 70-pound tortoise was taken to a veterinary hospital where animal services were called.

Officials say that’s when they learned it would cost several thousand dollars to fix the 35 to 40-year-old tortoise.

“We have a donor-driven Spirit fund that we can use for severe medical cases such as this one,” said County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa. “This tortoise will get the extensive, aggressive care and long-term observation that he needs to regain his health and hopefully live to a great, old age.”

The tortoise underwent surgery Tuesday, where veterinarians put screws into the shell then used ties on the screws to hold the broken pieces together.

Veterinarians then used the same paste material that dentures are made from to seal the cracks.

For more information or to donate to the Spirit fund, click here.