today i learned – fri 19th jan 2018

we’re pretty animal heavy at the moment … but meh, i like animals 🤷🏻‍♂️

today’s fact goodness comes from the world of super slow reptiles 👍🏻

#tdil that a turtle named fred recently managed to get herself* a fancy new 3d printed shell 🐢 #levelup #ballin

(*the internet can’t decide whether fred is male or female 🙃)

as with any superhero origin story (yes, i’ve decided that fred is a superhero), the journey to 3d shell goodness has been one filled with trials and tribulations 💪🏻

poor ole fred has been through a hella lot – first, she was severely burned in a forest fire (losing the majority of her shell)🔥, then she caught pneumonia … twice 🤒 and then she didn’t eat for 45 days 🍕. there’s no denying that she’s a trooper 😏.

anyway, after all of this, a volunteer group named the ‘animal avengers’ took it upon themselves to do something that has never been done before – they designed and built a 3d printed turtle shell.

apparently they created the shell by taking 40 pictures of a healthy turtle’s shell and then transferring it into a computer to create a 3d version 💻

that 3d render was then made a real life actual thing with the help of a 3d printer 😏 after that it was just a case of constructing the new shell around fred’s body … just like a big ole jigsaw puzzle 😁

now, after getting any kind of extensive work done, it’s only natural to feel a bit self-conscious 🙈 so, to make her look a bit more turtle-ey, the dudes from the animal avengers hand-painted the shell so that it looked a bit more natural and pimpin’ 😎

right, that’s us done for another day! 😁 a sick fact about a turtle that is living their actual best life 😏

have a good evening people 😘

peace out ✌🏻 #tdil


actually loving life after today’s fact 😊 it’s pretty feel good 😏 if you feel like reading some more gubbins, you just need to go ->here<-

(couldn’t take a picture of actual fred that i’m allowed to use 😭 … anyway, header image is ->here<- and the other one is ->here<- … there’s also a meme, but i don’t know who to credit for that 🤷🏻‍♂️)

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