Tortoise gets Lego-wheel prosthetic for missing leg

Schildi the tortoise was found in rough shape in Germany. He was abandoned and missing part of his front leg. What was left of the leg was in such bad condition, it had to be amputated at the shoulder. German veterinary clinic Bird Consulting International took care of Schildi, but had to figure out how to make him mobile again.

"Tortoises need to run free in gardens, so he needed a prosthetic," veterinarian Panagiotis Azmanis told The Local. Fortunately, the vet's office had a toy box on hand. Azmanis dug around and emerged with a set of Lego wheels and blocks.… Read more

The 404 1,247: Where we hop in the ball pit with Emily Dreyfuss (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Hi-fi reviews based purely on the feel of the knob .

- Which celebrities can you pay to message on Facebook?

- Can you bully a celebrity? Short answer: no.

- How the hell do you pronounce GIF anyway?

- Follow Emily Dreyfuss on Twitter.… Read more

Behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

MONTEREY, Calif.--It's 1:30 in the afternoon and three of the most famous residents of this coastal town are getting ready for lunch. A very large crowd has gathered to watch.

These, of course, are Joy, Mae, and Abby, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's three resident sea otters, and it's standing-room only up against the glass separating visitors from the animals as several staff members appear with small buckets full of shrimp, clams, and squid.

I've come to the aquarium as part of Road Trip 2012, and I've been treated to a very special viewing … Read more

The 404 125: Where Jeff Bakalar: This is your life!

We're all family on the 404: Jeff's dad and girlfriend both called into the 404 preshow this morning! Today we bring you a handful of insane stories from the Internet: Chinese is the new Black, Zohan + Love Guru = Suck and Blow, a man finally conquers his home printer, and rampant underachievement runs wild on our airwaves. To top you off, we also examine the correlation between hobo love and the rising number of teenage pregnancies. Finally, check out this picture of Kratos, Jeff and Stacie's tortoise and God of all Reptilia: EPISODE 125 Download today's podcastRead more