Tortoise given WHEELS after his front legs are gnawed off by rats while
hibernating underground in owner's garden
Marginated tortoise Septimus was attacked by rodents while underground in
The remainder of his legs were infested with maggots after rats chewed his front
Owner Darren Strand was told his legs needed to be amputated, or Septimus would
have to be put down
Vets used putty to attach model aeroplane wheels to bottom of the pet's shell
A tortoise whose front legs were gnawed off by rats as he hibernated in his
owner's garden has had his missing limbs replaced with wheels from a model
Marginated tortoise Septimus was attacked by rodents as he hibernated
underground in the garden of owner Darren Strand in Gosport, Hampshire.
When the 23-year-old pet emerged his legs were infested with maggots and vets
told Mr Strand that Septimus would either have to have his legs amputated and
tiny wheels attached in their place, or be put to sleep.