A sea turtle that lost her front legs to a shark attack was bidding to match "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday, as she donned the latest in artificial flipper technology in Japan.
Yu, an approximately 25-year-old female loggerhead turtle, was test-driving her 27th pair of artificial front legs around her home aquarium near Kobe in western Japan, where she proves a draw for the crowds.
The rubber limbs are attached to a vest slipped over her head, said the aquarium's curator, Naoki Kamezaki.
"We have worked hard to design the vest in a way that prevents the turtle from taking it off unwittingly," he told AFP. "It can flutter the limbs as the vest is soft."
The creature, which weighs 96 kilograms (212 pounds) and has a shell 82 centimeters (32 inches) long, was pulled out of a fisherman's net and sent to the Suma Aqualife Park in mid-2008.
One third of the right limb and half of the left limb were gone, in what Kamezaki believes must have been a shark attack.
The aquarium started developing artificial limbs for the animal in late 2008 as it could swim only at about 60 percent of its normal speed.