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Helmet protects injured tortoise

21 May 09 10:33 GMT

A giant tortoise at a Devon zoo is having to wear a specially-made helmet after it broke a large hole in the top of its shell.

No-one at Paignton Zoo knows how Timmy was injured, but zookeepers were keen to make sure that the hole was not infected.

The fibreglass helmet, which was cast from another tortoise, is stuck on with strong tape.

It could remain on Timmy's shell for about two years while the wound heals.

Zookeeper Mike Bungard said: "He's eating and moving fine.

"He likes to go in the bushes which is another reason for having it because he can then plough through them freely."

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