The shell of a turtle is more than just a cover, it’s a vital part of the animal’s skeleton that protects its organs. And although pet turtles are usually safe from the dangers that might crack it, wild ones aren’t so lucky. Fires, and especially cars often damage them, causing serious consequences. However, not every injury they inflict is fatal. With proper care, cracked turtle shells can be fixed
Due to fires and speeding cars, many wild turtles face life-threatening shell cracks
But some of these injuries aren’t fatal, and one wildlife organization has found a genius way of dealing with them
They asked people to donate bra fasteners from old undergarment that would otherwise end up in the trash
And showed how they use them to give wounded turtles a second chance at life
Just as other animals can have issues with their fur and skin, turtles can have problems with their shells. For example, shells can start rotting due to bacterial or fungal infections. Also, uneven growth of the scutes can cause pyramiding of the shell, which is a deformed shape, and shells can be cracked, split, chipped or broken just as bones can be.
UPDATE: the organization received so many donations, they released a statement, saying they no longer need them