A loggerhead turtle named “Yu” lost her front flippers in 2008, but since then she’s gone through 27 prosthetic fins swimming around her new home at Suma Aqualife Park near Kobe in Japan. ABC News reports that while there have been various attempts to fit turtles with prosthetic limbs around the world, Yu is the only turtle to enjoy swimming using her rubber limbs without any problems. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The 200-pound female turtle wears a black vest to which the rubber flippers are attached, after aquarium staff had previously tried other versions, which squeezed her stumps and caused her discomfort.
Yu has become a tourist attraction and is thought to be approximately 25-years-old, but she could live to over 50 years of age.