3-Legged Tortoise Named Tripod is Looking For a New Home

He was injured by a dog.

A three-legged tortoise, Tripod, is ready for a new home.

The tortoise survived an attack by his previous owner's dog, according to his carers at the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD). But after undergoing surgery and months of healing, Tripod is ready for the next phase of his journey.

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“When this tortoise was brought into the veterinary clinic, the damage was so severe that its left front leg needed to be immediately amputated,” said Tegan Wolf, the Tortoise Adoption Program coordinator at AZGFD. “Tripod has since recovered nicely and gets around perfectly fine on three legs.”

Tripod, who is somewhere between 30 and 50 years old, may still have a long life ahead of him, as tortoises can live to be nearly 100 years old. 

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The ideal home for Tripod would have a smaller yard with a lot of grass and natural soil or fine gravel, according to officials at the adoption program.

Tripod doesn’t require any extra attention other than checking underneath his shell every now and then.

Anyone interested in adopting Tripod or another a desert tortoise in Arizona can find information and an application form here.

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