Mrs. T, a 90-year-old tortoise, sustained terrible loss after a rat chewed off her two front legs while she was hibernating in Pembroke, West Wales, reports the U.K. Telegraph.
The Ryder family, Mrs. T’s caretakers, were devastated, “We were hoping initially there was going to be enough, some stumps left so that we could fix some prosthetic legs to her. But unfortunately, too much of the legs had to be cut off so we ended up coming up with the idea of wheels,” said Jude Ryder.
They used wheels from a model aircraft and glued them onto Mrs. T’s shell. “It was like fitting her with a turbo charger – she’s going double the speed she used to,” explains Ryder. “She uses her back legs to push herself along."
The local veterinarian feared that Mrs. T wouldn’t survive without legs, but with some creativity and the help of her son, , a mechanical engineer, Ryder found a way. The wheels were attached to the front of the shell using resin.
“We were afraid she may have to be put down, but her new set of wheels have saved her life,” said. Ryder. “She has the run of the garden again and we can always find her because she leaves very strange tracks wherever she goes.”
Mrs. T may live another 50 years! Watch the video below of this adorable tortoise.
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Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave (δοῦλος) who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. A later tradition (dating from the Middle Ages) depicts Aesop as a black Ethiopian. Depictions of Aesop in popular culture over the last 2500 years have included several works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs.
Abandoning the perennial image of Aesop as an ugly slave, the movie Night in Paradise (1946) cast Turhan Bey in the role, depicting Aesop as an advisor to King Croesus who falls in love with the king's intended bride, a Persian princess played by Merle Oberon. There was also the 1953 teleplay Aesop and Rhodope by Helene Hanff, broadcast on Hallmark Hall of Fame with Lamont Johnson playing Aesop.
A raposa e as uvas ("The Fox and the Grapes"), a play in three acts about the life of Aesop by Brazilian dramatist Guilherme Figueiredo, was published in 1953 and has been performed in many countries, including a videotaped production in China in 2000 under the title Hu li yu pu tao or 狐狸与葡萄.
Beginning in 1959, animated shorts under the title Aesop and Son appeared as a recurring segment in the TV series Rocky and His Friends and its successor, The Bullwinkle Show. The image of Aesop as ugly slave was abandoned Aesop (voiced by Charles Ruggles), a Greek citizen, would recount a fable for the edification of his son, Aesop Jr., who would then deliver the moral in the form of an atrocious pun. Aesop's 1998 appearance in the episode "Hercules and the Kids" in the animated TV series Hercules (voiced by Robert Keeshan) amounted to little more than a cameo.
In 1971, Bill Cosby played Aesop in the TV production Aesop's Fables.
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The new hare and tortoise story
Long time ago, there was a tortoise and a hare who had an argument about who the faster runner was. They finally decided to take on one another on a race.
As the race started, the hare sprinted ahead briskly for some time. Realizing that it will take some time for the tortoise to catch up with him, he decided to seek shelter from the sun under a tree before continuing the race. As he sat under the tree, he gradually fell asleep. The tortoise, crawling at a steady pace, eventually overtook him and won the race. The hare woke up and realized that his complacency cost him the trophy.
Moral: The determined, hardworking and steady paced people will eventually overtake the fast but complacent. We are all familiar with this story.
The hare realized that he was over confident, complacent and took things too easily. He decided to have a re-match with the tortoise. The tortoise accepted his challenge.
This time, the hare ran with all his might and didn’t stop until he crossed the finish line.
Moral: Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady.
But the story doesn’t end here.
This time, it was the tortoise that did the soul searching and he realized that if the hare didn’t stop, there is no way he will beat him. He thought hard and decided on a different course and he challenged the hare to another re-match. The hare, of course, agreed.
With the lessons learnt from his previous failure in mind, the hare kept on running once the race started and didn’t stop until the route leads him to the bank of a river. He was taken by surprise and he did not know what to do, since he could not swim. There were no bridges in sight and no one to ask for directions. As he was cracking his head, thinking of ways to cross the river, the tortoise strolled slowly along, dived into the river, swam across it and ultimately, finished the race before the hare.
Moral: Know your strengths and take on your competitors in areas of your core competency.
The story still hasn’t ended.
With the hare and the tortoise spending so much time together racing, they have become rather good friends, they have also developed mutual respect for one another as they realized that they are both different and they have different strengths. They decided to race again, but this time, as a team.
As the race started, the hare carried the tortoise and they sped to the river bank. There, they switched positions and the tortoise ferried the hare across the river. On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they crossed the finishing line together. They completed the race in a record time that both of them can never achieve if they were to do it alone. They also felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they’d felt earlier.
Moral: It’s good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies but unless you’re able to work in a team and harness each other’s core competencies, you’ll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you’ll do poorly and someone else does well.
Note that neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failures. The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after his failure. The tortoise changed his strategy because he was already working as hard as he could, but was not doing as well as he wished.
Imagine how long it will take the hare to learn how to swim! Or for the tortoise to learn to run fast. In this day and age when the environment changes at lightning speed, we have to learnt to work with people who have strengths in areas that we do not have.
It is the same in business, if we can collaborate with people who are experts in areas that we are not familiar with, we will realize that our market suddenly becomes bigger. Maybe that is what globalization is after all
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This Time the Tortoise Might Actually Beat the Hare - pets
The Tortoise, the Hare. and the Snail
Once upon a time there was a tortoise, a hare, and a snail. The hare was always boasting about how fast he was, and the others were growing tired of his bragging. So one fine day, the tortoise challenged him to a race. He told the hare, "Well, you might think you're so fast, but I can beat you in a race!"
Hearing this, the hare burst out laughing so hard he almost fell down his rabbit hole. "Ha!," he exclaimed. "You couldn't even outrun Little Miss Snail over there. I accept your challenge."
The next day, all the animals of the meadow came out to see them begin. At the starting line was the hare, the tortoise, and the snail (you didn't think she'd let the hare bully her, did you?) The hedgehog announced "On your mark, get set, and. go. "
If you've heard this story before, you may remember who won the race. The hare was so overconfident about winning that he decided to take a nap, certain there was no way the tortoise could win. Of course that's exactly what the tortoise eventually did, crossing the finish line just as the hare awoke from his nap and belatedly tried to catch up.
But this isn't the whole story. What about the snail, whom we last saw disappearing into a tuft of grass just past the starting line?
Well, as it turns out, she was having quite the adventure of her own.
After she entered the cool shade of that tuft of grass, she drank some drops of dew still left over from the early morning. Refreshed, she slowly made her way up a big hill, meeting lots of other small animals along the way. She hitched a ride on the back of a caterpillar, played games with a family of ants, and took a nap of her own later in the afternoon.
In fact, she found herself having so much fun that she entirely forgot all about the race, preferring instead to pursue her own adventures.
At one point she heard some celebrating in the direction of the finish line, accompanied by a hare screaming "No. It can't be. " She smiled to herself and resumed listening to the crickets in the field make their sweet music. When, a few days later, she finally passed by the tattered remnants of ribbon that said "Finish line," she was too engrossed in her own adventures to pay much attention to it.
Instead, the snail kept going and going, becoming interested in one thing, and then another and another and another. She ended up making lots of varied and interesting friends, and had one exciting adventure after another.
Many years later, she looked back on a happy and exciting life filled with ups, downs, and everything in between. What had started out as a short race turned out to be a journey. A wondrous journey.
It doesn't matter how fast you can play piano, or if you're the best musician on your block. Don't compare yourself to others. Instead, be the snail: follow your musical interests to the fullest and see where they lead you. This is the key to a lifetime of musical happiness.
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This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.
For a brief moment in March, a tortoise captured the hearts and imaginations of hundreds of New Yorkers, most of them unemployed. I was among those who applied for the rare opportunity to get paid to walk a 17-pound tortoise around Central Park. Utterly crushed when I — someone who has zero pet-sitting experience — did not receive the job, I tasked myself with learning more about this creature, hoping to be better-prepared should I one day have a similar opportunity. It soon became clear that I had dodged a bullet. The tortoise has few redeeming qualities and is one of the dullest creatures in the entire animal kingdom. If the tortoise were a color, it would be beige. If it were a food, it would be gruel.
First, a note on terminology: while usage seems to vary, "turtle" generally refers to the animals that live in the water, while we call the poor beings trapped on land the "tortoise." In other words, the adorable sea creatures majestically gliding through the ocean are turtles. The thing that moves around 0.28 miles per hour on dry land is a tortoise.
It would be negligent not to admit that tortoises have played a role in the history of science. The Roman military formation called the "testudo" — Latin for "tortoise" — was supposedly inspired by this well-protected animal. Soldiers stand with their shields in front and with their backs facing inward to effectively create a metal box. The great Julius Caesar himself wrote about testudo formation. Keep in mind, though, that Caesar was murdered and the Romans had a rather spectacular decline.
More recently, tortoises were the first vertebrates to reach the Moon, a year before Neil Armstrong’s crew. In September of 1968, Soviet scientists sent two tortoises out on a shuttle called Zond 5. These unnamed creatures lost about 10 percent of their body weight but were otherwise fine when they came back. However, I hasten to remind the reader that the Soviet Union — like the Roman Empire — no longer exists. Coincidence?
Speaking of no longer being around, the extinct Galapagos tortoise has the honor of being the test subject that scientists are trying to bring back to life with a special breeding program. But whether accolades in this case belong to the dead animals or the brilliant, living researchers working with cutting-edge techniques is anyone’s guess.
In all these instances, the glory of the tortoise was fully dependent on the ingenuity of humans. On its own merit, tortoises are notable for three extremely boring things: living for a long time, moving really slowly, and being constantly used as heavy-handed symbolism in stories.
Tortoises can live up to 255 years, so the animal I sought to walk may be crawling around Central Park long after I have breathed my last. Their lives are long, and yet their brains are so small that one researcher said they "appear to be scarcely necessary to their existence."
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Their lives are so long, and yet tortoises do little more than eat and stop traffic because they take so long to cross the road. They do not have flashy feathers, make melodic sounds, or poison you. They are not cuddly and do not even inspire disgust. Their lives are so long that sometimes they become the last of their subspecies, forcing the Ecuadorean government to offer a $10,000 reward in a futile bid to find them a mate. We’re sorry, Lonesome George.
Let us now turn to the problem of tortoise symbolism. There is a tortoise in Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia. Anyone who read the play’s CliffsNotes can recite that the tortoise reminds us that some things last a long time, even if they don’t last forever. This is exactly what therapists tell their patients not to fixate on, because the fear that depression will last a long time usually worsens depression.
Separately, several cosmology myths feature a World Turtle (though according to the terminology above it might actually be a tortoise) that props up the earth on its shell. This raises the question of what the turtle itself is standing on. Answer: "It’s turtles all the way down." The World Turtle does not exist, and this answer does not make sense. Even in the realm of fiction, the tortoise fails to delight.
Most important, Aesop’s annoying morality tale about the tortoise and the hare is a filthy lie. First, the very setup of a slow-and-steady tortoise versus a fast-and-scattered hare is a false dichotomy. And when it comes to the realism of this story, I believe that the comment made by Edmond Theodore Roo as he did calculations on this question is the most succinct summary of this dilemma: "In no scenario does the tortoise win, other than in the time it is alive on this earth."
He was talking about the race with the hare, but I believe that in all scenarios, ever, the tortoise does not come out ahead.