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The skinny: Ace tortoise ready for a spin after getting a wheel

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Tortoise ready for a spin after getting a wheel

Watch out Mr. Hare, this tortoise has a wheel. A 12-year-old African tortoise that recently had its front left leg amputated due to injury is now moving just fine, thanks to a swiveling wheel attached to his shell by doctors at Washington State University's veterinary hospital. The 23-pound tortoise, named Gamera after the giant flying turtle of the old Japanese monster movies, is gaining weight and generally thriving with his new appendage. The caster-style wheel is expected to last for years. The wheel, incidentally, didn't come from a high-tech prosthetics lab. It came from Ace Hardware in Pullman. It cost $7.

Crash surprise

Motorcyclist drops into van for ride

A California motorcyclist who plowed into a minivan was not injured, just surprised. "We're calling this one a non-injury collision with a twist," Karen Hunt, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff, told the Victorville Daily Press. The van was slowing for a left turn when the motorcycle rear-ended it Thursday. Callers told authorities: "We don't know where the rider is." The van driver continued to his home less than a half-block away, where he called out to his wife that he had been rear-ended and needed to return to the accident scene. As he turned around to back out of the driveway, he saw the dazed biker in the back seat. The biker had a bruised hand. Neither man was cited for the accident.

Wear and tear off

Mob takes man's shorts, $500

A central Kentucky man says a mob at a mobile home park stole the shorts off his body when refused to hand over his cash. Richmond police Chief Larry Brock told the Richmond Register that the alleged victim was robbed of his shorts and $500 cash Tuesday at the Williams Mobile Home Park after a night of drinking. Brock said an unknown man approached the alleged robbery victim, asking for $40. When the man declined, the mob removed his shorts containing the cash and took it all. Brock said the man fled on foot wearing only his shirt and shoes.

No cheers, mate

Forklift smashes $1M worth of wine

An unsteady forklift dropped a container full of fine Australian wine worth more than $1 million, smashing most of the bottles. Sparky Marquis of Mollydooker Wines said he's "gut-wrenched, shocked and numb" after the loss of his flagship Velvet Glove Shiraz after the accident that destroyed all but one of the 462 cases bound for the United States. Each bottle of the Mollydooker wine sells for $200. Marquis said Friday that when workers opened up the dropped container, "it was like a murder scene. There was red everywhere." The wine was fully insured, but the accident has crippled Mollydooker's U.S. launch in September.

Compiled from Times wires

The skinny: Ace tortoise ready for a spin after getting a wheel

07/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 9:38pm]
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