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California Tortoise With Cracked Shell Gets $4,000 Repair

This Wednesday, April 18, 2018 photo shows a wayward tortoise as it recovers ...

Credit: San Diego County Department of Animal Services via AP

Above: This Wednesday, April 18, 2018 photo shows a wayward tortoise as it recovers after it cracked its shell when it fell off of a 10-foot wall in San Diego County.

A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.

San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa said the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose from a yard.

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Photo credit: San Diego County Department of Animal Services via AP

In this Tuesday, April 17, 2018, photo, a veterinarian works on a wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in San Diego County.

He said it was found on Sunday after falling over the wall while escaping a dog.

DeSousa said the animal's shell cracked into three pieces. Veterinarians repaired it Tuesday in a three-hour operation.

The $4,000 cost is covered by the county's Spirit Fund. The tortoise will live with a rescue group.

DeSousa said it will take a year to heal but the 35- to 40-year-old tortoise could have many more decades of life.

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