Camila VillafaƱe

By Camila VillafaƱe

LifeBuzz Staff

Huge Tortoise With Cracked Shell Is Expected To Make Full Recovery.

Just because a huge tortoise might crawl its way slowly through life, doesn't mean that it won't run into some serious obstacles. Take one particular tortoise named Humpty who managed to run away from home. But he later wished he hadn't after he ran into some problems and ended up with a broken shell. For a tortoise, a shell doesn't just serve as a home, but also as protection against predators, so to suffer such a massive setback was debilitating. Fortunately, Humpty ended up in the hands of good people who were more than happy to offer their help to this poor, wounded creature.

Like his namesake, Humpty the tortoise sat on the wall, had a great fall, and went splat!

Unlike Humpty Dumpty, Humpty the tortoise only broke a part of his shell after he managed to escape his human owner in San Diego, California. He had been wandering around when a dog scared the heck out of him.

Like his namesake, Humpty the tortoise sat on the wall, had a great fall, and went splat!

San Diego County Department of Animal Services

Humpty fell on his back from an intimidating 10-foot-high retaining wall, but his fall broke his shell.

Unfortunately, the impact damaged his shell. But the San Diego County Department of Animal Services came to his rescue, and it was a good thing they did because Humpty was in a lot of pain. The department's director Dan DeSousa knew they had to work fast to fix the shell.

Humpty fell on his back from an intimidating 10-foot-high retaining wall, but his fall broke his shell.

San Diego County Department of Animal Services

Humpty was taken to a specialist, and the process to patch up Humpty finally began.

DeSousa pointed out that the healing process for a broken shell takes time but using the proper cast and a lot of medical attention, it was possible to fix it. A lot of the damaged pieces of the shell were quickly re-aligned. Then the specialist used screws and zip ties to keep the shell in place.

Humpty was taken to a specialist, and the process to patch up Humpty finally began.

San Diego County Department of Animal Services

The gaps between the broken fragments were filled with material normally used for dentures.

This material will aid in the healing over the next few months. This means that someone needed to care for this lovely sulcata tortoise. So, when local news covered the story, the original owner allegedly reached out, but he never called back after learning that the surgery on the 40-year-old tortoise would cost almost $4,000.

The gaps between the broken fragments were filled with material normally used for dentures.

San Diego County Department of Animal Services

Humpty's species is the third largest type of tortoise on the planet and can live over 70 years.

They also weigh about 200 pounds, which is why most owners often abandon them because they're too big to be cared for properly. DeSousa believes that Humpty will make a full recovery eventually because sulcata tortoises are tough, but after this experience, Humpty will think twice before running away.

Humpty's species is the third largest type of tortoise on the planet and can live over 70 years.

San Diego County Department of Animal Services

Source: The Dodo