Injured Florida tortoise receives first ever turtle wheelchair

MILTON, Fla. – A Florida Tortoise was given a second chance at life thanks to the Hillman Veterinary Clinic and a new, custom wheelchair.

When Scoot was brought to Hillman Veterinary Clinic in Pensacola he was in rough shape. A front end loader injured him and he was left with his back legs paralyzed and his shell cracked, Walkin' Pets said

"The doctor was concerned for Scoot’s quality of life, but Vet Techs, Sasha Corbett and Shannon Chavers have a soft spot for special babies and knew there had to be a way to get Scoots back on his feet again," Walkin' Pets said.   

Scoot also met a friend while on the mend. Rosalie, an adorable pup, was born with cerebellar hypoplasia, a condition that affects her motor movements and


When Rosalie’s owner wanted to euthanize her, Sasha offered to adopt her — contacting the Gunnar’s Wheels Foundation to get her new Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair.

"Both Scoot and Rosalie came into Hillman Clinic with the possibility they would be euthanized. Shannon and I have soft spots for the special babies and advocated for both. And the amazing Jason Parker with Gunnar's Wheels stepped up to get them mobile.”

Now Scoot Reeves is zipping around in his custom wheels!

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About the Author:

Carianne Luter is an Award-Winning Digital Media and Engagement Manager for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She won "Best Social Media Engagement Strategy" during the Local Media Association 2022 Digital Innovation Awards. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.