The first time I treated the lady with leprosy who lived in a cave, I found her crawling on her hands and knees, and I was supposed to do a dressing change on the humongous ulcers which covered both knees. I changed the dressings, and said that we had to get her off her knees. So we made a scooter board for her, wider than a skateboard, so that she could move around without damaging her knees further -- and the ulcers healed up! Then today, I saw the following story in the news. It was so much like what I would do, I am just sorry I can't take credit for it. In my line of work, I observe a situation, and figure out what I can do to improve it the easiest and most practical way possible.
This story comes out of Israel: Arava the disabled turtle is using her new set of wheels to get around in more ways than one. Officials at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo say the 10-year-old spurred tortoise has begun mating since being fitted with a custom skateboard to overcome paralysis of her hind legs. The 55-pound turtle is unable to move herself forward with her front legs alone. So the zoo's staff built her a metal board with two wheels that can be strapped to her stomach.
Arava arrived in Jerusalem a few months ago from a petting zoo in southern Israel with the unexplained handicap, and found no reptile romance. Zoo curator, Shmulik Yedvad, says it's not that Arava has come out of her shell with her unique new wheelchair, but that a particularly amorous 10-year-old male has been after her.