Prognosis Good: Tortoise Recovers After $4K Surgery to Cracked Shell

A tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in Fallbrook is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.

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This little guy is all smiles after undergoing a surgery to put his cracked shell back together.
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San Diego County Animal Services says the 70-pound tortoise was trying to escape a dog when it fell from a 10-foot wall in Fallbrook. He landed on his back and his shell cracked in three places.
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The African spurred tortoise underwent a three-hour, $4,000 surgery Tuesday. The costs were covered by a donor-driven spirit fund.
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Vets used zip ties, screws and wire to hold the broken shell together.
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Then, they used denture material to seal the cracks.
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It may take a year for the shell to heal, but doctors say the 30- to 40-year-old tortoise's prognosis is good.
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