Shoes, Louis Vuitton handbags… and a pair of tortoises – Meet the cobbler who fixes just about anything
Trevor Adams, from Haverfordwest, has offered to craft a pair of prosthetic legs for a 90-year-old tortoise who was attacked by a rat
He’s repaired thousands of pairs of shoes, restored Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags and now cobbler Trevor Adams has just begun his second assignment to help an elderly tortoise.
The cobbler, who runs Clever Cloggs Repair Service in Haverfordwest, has offered to craft a pair of prosthetic legs for a 90-year-old tortoise who was attacked by a rat.
Mrs T the tortoise is the centre of a Facebook campaign to raise funds for surgery to amputate her damaged limbs.
Her owners Dale Sinclair Jones and Linzi James, from Pembroke, are trying to raise funds for a series of surgical procedures to help save their aged pet.
Rat gnawed at Mrs T’s Legs while she was trying to hibernate
A rodent tried to eat one of her back legs and has completely gnawed off her two front legs to the elbow joint, which will now need to be amputated.
After launching a Facebook campaign, as well as raising £350 for the surgery, within a matter of days, the appeal drew the attention of cobbler Trevor, who has offered to do all he can to help Mrs T walk again after surgery.
But despite mostly working with shoes and boots, this is not the first tortoise he will have re-heeled.
Working with vet to rebuild legs
“About seven years ago there was an arthritic tortoise down the road who had worn his legs down by simply dragging them across a concrete patio when walking. I made him special leather boots,” said Trevor.
“When I read about Mrs T, I wondered what I might be able to do to help.”
In 2008, Trevor made two tiny leather boots with draw strings that could be loosened or tightened on Ben the tortoise.
The weight of the 80-year-old’s shell meant he couldn’t lift his back legs.
Now Trevor, 56, intends to work with Mrs T and her vet to do all he can to help her.
“If I can I’ll work with the vet to craft a set of prosthetic legs. I imagine we’ll use rubber, plastic and blown vinyl but I haven’t seen Mrs T yet, so we have yet to work out what to do, but it just has to be done.”
‘My future gets brighter every day’
The animal lover, who has two dogs, has run his Pembrokeshire business for 24 years but has been a cobbler for almost 40 years.
“Like many shoe repairs businesses, I’ve restored countless pairs of shoes and boots, I’ve restored lots of expensive designer handbags, but I don’t imagine too many find themselves making shoes or legs for tortoises.”
Mrs T’s owner Linzi James said she is delighted with the generous offer of help, and has posted a thank you on the creature’s behalf on her Facebook page.
“Good news, folks, a very kind gentleman has offered to help me. Trevor Adams from Clever Cloggs in Haverfordwest has offered to make me some boots once I have healed after my operation. What a brill thing to happen, feeling like my future gets brighter every day.”