Photos by Henry Moore, Biomedical Communications Unit

tortoise-180PULLMAN, Wash. – A tortoise that has lived at Washington State University since its leg was amputated will be leaving for a new home. A group of friends said goodbye to Gamera Tuesday with pumpkin cake and lots of photo ops.

tortoise-600The tortoise’s lost limb was first replaced with a swiveling wheel and now sports a purple hard toy ball. The surgery was done at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Gamera, who has appeared on the NBC Today Show, will be an ambassador of his species and also for amputees of all makes and sizes (including humans). His new home will have lots of room to roam, with indoor and outdoor enclosures.

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Learn more about the tortoise at http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-vth/patients/gamera.aspx.