WATCH: Dora the giant tortoise has her shell repaired

Fareham Community Hospital in Salisbury Green

Picture: Paul Jacobs

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Dora, a 32-year-old Aldabra giant tortoise, needed specialist treatment after she damaged her shell and the hole became infected.

This footage, filmed by staff at Paignton Zoo in Devon, shows what was needed to get her going again.

The unusual treatment begins by Dora being put up on blocks with her feet just off the floor, like a car with its wheels removed.

Vets then cut away some of her half-centimetre-thick shell using a power tool before cleaning and dressing the wound.