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This Injured Tortoise Just Received the World’s First 3D-Printed Shell

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Take Two for Freddy the Tortoise

Freddy might just be the luckiest tortoise in the world.

Modern advancements in technology are changing the world for the better, but it’s not just the human race that’s benefitting. Both animals and the environment can behoove from new tech, such as in this heartwarming story about a team of volunteers that used a 3D printer with plastic made from corn to save the life of a small tortoise in need.

When the volunteers found Freddy, she was badly burnt and struggling to overcome her life-threatening situation. In fact, they gave her the name Freddy because her burns reminded them of Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street horror films.

Once the team got to work, however, Freddy was in good hands and given an amazing second chance that never would have been possible if it weren’t for their collaborative effort and amazing technology.

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Wait till you read her story…

The Injury

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Freddy was injured in a bush fire in her native Brazil, but she survived her injuries, plus two cases of pneumonia and 45 days without food.

Science to the Rescue

tortoise 3d printer shell

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“Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull, and the first creature that we, as a newly formed group of animal rescuers, decided to help,” said Designer Cicero Moraes, a member of the Sao Paulo-based volunteer group.