Turtle gets new fins

A mean shark attacked a defenseless turtle and mutilated the front flippers. Thanks to plastic prostheses, the turtle has now regained its full buoyancy.

A fisherman pulled the animal named Yu five years ago from the sea and then handed it over to the zoo. The 80 centimeter and almost 100 kilogram animal could only swim half as fast as its counterparts without its front fins. With the prostheses specially developed by the zoo, the 25-year-old female turtle can slide through the water as normal again.

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