This poor tortoise has been through quite a lot, including being caught in a Brazilian forest fire, where 85% of his shell was terribly damaged.
Somehow he survived for 45 days without food, and when he was rescued his caretakers named him Freddy because he reminded them of Freddy Krueger.
But lucky for Freddy, those rescuers — volunteers known as The Animal Avengers — decided it was time for science to step in to help him out.
They knew that Freddy needed a new shell, and the only way to get the job done was to create one for themselves.
Using a 3D printer, designer Cicero Moraes created a plastic replica of what Freddy's shell would have looked like.
It has four pieces that snap together and are based on a similar tortoise’s shape.
He then sent the design to Dr. Paulo Miamoto, a dental surgeon, who turned the design into reality with the use of a 3D printer.
Ta-da! It fit Freddy like a glove, if a tortoise was to wear gloves.
But as you can see, it wasn’t exactly helping him to blend into his surroundings.
That's when Artist Yuri Caldera volunteered to hand paint the shell with the pattern of his species.
Although honestly, it would have bene cool to see some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or something.
But with that said, Freddy is off and running as the first recipient ever of a 3D printed functional replica of a tortoise shell.
As for the incredible Animal Avengers behind Freddy’s new look, they’ve also saved many birds by designing and printing various beaks for injured or malformed patients.
If you would like to donate to their efforts, you can do so here.
In the meantime, if you want to see more of this new hero in a half-shell, check out the video of Freddy strutting his stuff.