Blade Runner Roller

Earlier today, we saw a great example of one big ol’ Turtle helping another! This hour, it’s a hoomin’s turn to do a good deed. It seems Blade was having trouble moving about, so his hoomin carted him off to his vet- who came up with the idea of sticking some Lego wheels on, so Blade could become a man in motion. So to speak.

One Green says Blade has a metabolic bone disorder, and the wheels will help him move around so he can regain leg strength.

We found a translaysh. Dr. Plische says, “We mounted Lego wheels on the turtle ‘Blade’ because he had a bone metabolism illness and his shell was too heavy and had a loss of muscles. That’s why he couldn’t pick up himself and walk anymore. The bones were like rubber and the musculature had clearly diminished.”

Blade’s hoomin, Iris P., says: “At the beginning or in the middle of August last year, I noted for the first time that Blade wasn’t so active and fit as the other two turtles [I own]. I kept him in his terrarium because [the weather in] August was really cold.”

How’d they get the wheels on there? Dr. P. said, “The turtle didn’t feel any pain because we made no hole, but we stocked it with a special glue, that only has two components.”

Kudos to Dr. Carsten Plischke for thinking outside the box, and swiping his son’s Legos. From Susan M.

[*Note: The video header says “turtle.” The One Green Planet article says Blade is a tortoise, yet the translation has the vet saying “turtle.” And the translation ALSO refers to “tortoise.” -Ed.]



  1. Fanfreakingtastic!! Of course I didn’t understand a single word but you can tell his hoomin and his vet care a lot. What an ingenious, simple solution to a complicated problem.

  2. Turtle and Tortoise are common names and not scientific names. Many people have their own definition of what make one a turtle vs. a tortoise. Flippers vs. claws or land dweller vs. aquatic. Technically though there is no difference.

  3. Turtle aquatic with webbed feet. Tortoise land based with stumpy stompy legs.

  4. What a fantastic idea!
    Also: the German for *both* tortoise and turtle is Schildkröte (lit. “shield-toad”), and by all accounts in the video, Blade is a lady Schildkröte. May she continue to prosper, and perhaps occasionally, if she so likes, rollerblade.

  5. We are BORG (err TORG) .. “resistance too my cuteness is futile”.

  6. Now that’s turtle power!

  7. Das Auto: isn’t it time for German engineering? VW too funny. I’ll take the Blade 2015 model.

  8. There is only one word for turtle and tortoise in German, and so German speakers (like myself) mix those two up a lot.