Freddy the female tortoise was found lifeless alongside the road after a bush fire in Brazil. The poor thing had 85% of her shell melted and her legs were burned. Luckily, a group of tech savvy animals lovers came along. Known as The Animal Avengers, the team of six specialists – four vets, a dental surgeon and a 3D designer – created a custom 3D printed shell for Freddy.
“Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull,” said designer Cicero Moraes
“To design the hull I took a series of pictures from all angles of Freddy as well as photos of a healthy tortoise to compare”
“Then I reconstructed a 3D computer imaging model of the complete shell using the tortoise’s exact measurements”
Dental surgeon Dr Paulo Miamoto used the 3D design to print a four-piece shell
The shell was then surgically attached to Freddy but it still lacked a little color
So the team hand-painted the shell to give it a natural look
“We first came together as friends because of our common love of science and our love for animals,” Moraes explained
“We soon realised we could do some extraordinary work using cutting-edge technology to push back the boundaries of life-saving care for mutilated animals by giving them customised prostheses”
Known as The Animal Avengers, the team of six specialists has also reconstructed artificial beaks for three toucans, a parrot, and a goose
Thanks to them, Freddy got a second chance at life, too!