When Freddy the tortoise was caught in a bush fire in Brazil, his chances of survival were slim. But thanks to a group of pioneering surgeons known as The Animal Avengers, Freddy not only survived his ordeal – he is also now the proud owner of the world’s first 3D printed shell!

“Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully 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 reality with the use of a 3D printer. And as you can see, Freddie looks more than happy in his newly printed home! Good work Animal Avengers! Tony Stark would be proud (h/t)

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


His 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


The new shell fitted Freddy perfectly but it needed a little color


So the team hand-painted it to look as natural as possible


It looks just as good as the real thing!


The Animal Avengers assemble includes four vets, one dental surgeon and a 3D designer



The real Avengers are nothing compared to this superhero team!


Watch Freddy in action here:

(via boredpanda)