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Furniture coasters are usually used to protect floors from damage. The coasters are fitted to the bottom of table legs so that expensive wooden or marble floors do not get scratched. However, in the case of Lucky the Turtle, the furniture coasters were instead used as prosthetic legs. This came about after poor Lucky was mauled by a raccoon and lost both his front legs.

legless-turtle-furniture-coastersSally Pyne, the turtle’s owner, was at a loss after the incident. Lucky was in much discomfort and found it impossible to walk.

“He was in so much pain, I was ready to let little Lucky go, but Lucky, wasn’t ready to give up. He was shoving himself around on his two back legs. He was not going to quit.”

The local vet, in Petaluma, California, stitched Lucky up as best he could but there was little he could initially do to aid the turtle in walking. The animal was thus left completely immobile and concerns were raised over his short-term survival. That was until Miss Pyne met a reptile expert with a little imagination and innovation to his credit. He suggested attaching furniture coasters to the underbelly of the turtle.

This was then carried out using four coasters which were stuck together with double-sided sticky tape. The results were both life saving and miraculous. Lucky now walks nearly as well as he did before the injury happened and is a much happier turtle. Back at home, Lucky’s returned to wooing the local ‘turtlette’, Lovey.

“…she [Lovey] doesn’t seem to have noticed a difference in her playmate, she’s still resisting his amorous advances!”

What’s the moral of this tale? Be creative. You can often change the role of an item and make it into something else, either decorative or functional.