When Freddy the tortoise was caught in a bush fire in Brazil, his probabilities of survival had been slim. However due to a group of pioneering surgeons known as The Animal Avengers, Freddy not only survived his ordeal – he’s additionally now the proud proprietor of the world’s first 3D printed shell!

“Freddy was the first tortoise on the earth to obtain a completely rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as a newly formed group of animal rescuers, decided to help,” said Designer Cicero Moraes, a member of the volunteer group based in Sao Paulo. He designed the shell by reconstructing a 3D computer image based on various pictures he took of Freddy. He then sent the design to Dr Paulo Miamoto, a dental surgeon, who turned the design into actuality with the usage of a 3D printer. And as you’ll be able to see, Freddie appears to be like very happy in his newly printed home! Good work Animal Avengers! Tony Stark would be proud! You can even fund them

Freddie the tortoise is lucky to be alive after getting burned in a bush fire

tortoise-3d-printed-shell-freddy-1His shell was badly damaged so a group of volunteers made him a new one…with a 3D printer. The group call themselves The Animal Avengers, and as you can see, their skills are superhuman

tortoise-3d-printed-shell-freddy-8The new shell fitted Freddy perfectly but it needed a little color

tortoise-3d-printed-shell-freddy-2So the team hand-painted it to look as natural as possible

tortoise-3d-printed-shell-freddy-6It looks just as good as the real thing!

tortoise-3d-printed-shell-freddy-4Watch Freddy in action here: