Arava arrived as a new resident at Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo a few months ago, but staff quickly realised her rear legs were paralysed.
Weighing 25 kilograms, the ten-year-old spurred tortoise wasn't strong enough to move herself using just her front legs.
So, staff built Arava a unique skateboard-cum-wheelchair by strapping a metal board to her stomach with two wheels attached.
Zookeepers reckon Arava's renewed mobility has improved her quality of life no end.
She has even attracted the attention of an amorous male tortoise and the pair have begun mating. (roundup)