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A peeled superstar named Eddie gets a lot of media attention after a strong comeback after a double amputation.
The pet turtle named Eddie can be seen on a tile floor in the video at the top of this article – maneuvering adeptly across the floor using his new ‘appendages’.
“It’s gotten a little crazy,” Eddie’s owner, Emma McNicholas, told Fox News Digital in a phone interview about the media attention Eddie has gotten so far.
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The McNicholas family, who live in the north west of England in a small town called Warrington, were asked last year if they would take on Eddie, even though they already had another turtle (and had it for 17 years).
Eddie’s previous owner “said they couldn’t take care of him anymore,” McNicholas said.
“And they took it from someone else.”
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While Eddie may have had a few early bumps in the road, the McNicholas family provided a home “where he could live his best life and roam,” McNicholas said.
In May, Eddie suffered what is believed to be an animal attack — possibly a rat attack — after escaping into the yard overnight.
“We had Eddie put to bed as usual, as they both sleep inside,” she said of the family’s turtles.
During the day “we take them out into the yard and let them roam,” she added.
Eddie – who is “a lot faster” than his tortoiseshell sister – “managed to break out of his enclosure inside and went out the door and back to the backyard.”
It wasn’t until she came down to get the kids ready for school that she saw that Eddie “wasn’t where he was supposed to be.”
“I came out, picked him up — and he was covered in blood.”
The family began to search frantically, and when McNicholas opened the door to her backyard to walk her dogs, she saw Eddie on the back patio, facing away from her.
“I came out, picked him up—and he was covered in blood,” she said, noting that she could barely see his face.
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None of the local vets in their small town could take Eddie with them, but they found an exotic animal vet in nearby St. Helens.
“My husband rushed him,” she said.
The vet suspected that a rat had attacked Eddie after his backyard escape. His front legs were beyond saving, the family said.
Eddie stayed in the hospital for a week after his July 1 double amputation — “we really missed him,” McNicholas said.
“He had some pretty big wounds that needed to heal.”
After Eddie returned home, he was given “daily dressing changes and a special ointment.”
“We even took him on vacation for a week because we couldn’t trust anyone else to take care of him,” she said.
The vet was able to rig Eddie up with an “axle” to put new wheels on when he needed them, attached to the bottom of his shell with resin.
(The video at the top of this article and some of the photos here show Eddie’s gastric tube crossing his shell; he needed it for about three weeks for painkillers and for food after his amputations.)
The axis is “two small bolts. I have clips on the end and there go the wheels. So they cut on and off,” McNicholas said.
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She can “swap the wheels,” she said.
“I just bought some new ones on eBay,” she said.
“[The kids] loved him for all this. He’s even more fun for the kids now.”
How is Eddie now?
He hasn’t lost a step yet. He drives around McNicholas’ house and yard with his new wheels.
“He’s great,” McNicholas said. “He was very alert right after the surgery…and hasn’t stopped since.”
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What do her young children – Alfie, 11, and Lola, 8 – think of Eddie now?
“They loved him for all of this,” she said. “He’s even more fun for the kids now.”
Watch the video at the top of this article to see Eddie running across the floor — or click here to access.