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10 Awe-Inspiring Animals With Prosthetics

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6. Peggy the Bionic Chihuahua

Peggy, a Chihuahua from Albuquerque, was born without one back foot. She will soon be outfitted with a prosthesis the size of a human finger, which would make her the smallest animal in the U.S. to have such a device.

7. Molly the Appaloosa-Shetland Pony

One of Molly’s legs was amputated after she was attacked by a pit bull. She has had a number of prosthetics, the first made from acrylic, aluminum and fiberglass. A recent device uses a novel procedure called osseointegration, in which the prosthetic is directly attached to what remains of the bone. Prosthetists are also exploring how to create devices that could be directly attached to the skin.

8. Winter the Dolphin

Winter lost her tail and two vertebrate after being caught in a crab trap. Prosthetists and engineers created “Winter’s gel,” described in Wired as “a rubbery sock made of thermoplastic elastomer.” A prosthetic tail is then placed over the gel, which irritates the skin less than other liners and has applications for humans with prosthetics, as a means to help the devices stay connected when surfaces become slick from perspiratio).

9. A Bald Eagle Named Beauty

A bullet from a poacher shattered the beak of Beauty, a bald eagle. She now has a prosthetic beak and can feed herself, rather than needing to be fed by humans.

10. Oscar the Cat

Oscar, who lost his back legs in a farm combine, was the first cat to have prosthetic legs. His new limbs were drilled into what remained of the bones of his old ones, a technique scientists are exploring to use in humans. Oscar has to stay inside as his legs aren’t suited for outdoor environments, but he does so on his own four limbs.

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7:06PM PDT on May 3, 2013

well, most of these stories are heartwarming...

watching this video isn't...

i wonder if (because it's an older video of 2011) the situation has improved for the dolphin or if she's still being exploited

8:05AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:07PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Very inspiring and touching, thanks for sharing.

8:35PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

i thot the lil piggy's name was funny haha...

it was truly rewarding to watch the elephant video tho. look how much a difference the extra limb can make to his life!

4:36PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

This is such a neat article. I think it's so cool when they are able to help this animals like this.

1:03PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

chris p bacon is the cutest pig i've ever seen but his name is pretty lame.

5:57AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

thanks for sharing.

7:52PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Wonderful news, thanks for the inspiration.

4:35PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Sadly, Chouk is not the only elephant wearing a prosthetic. Motala is a 50-year elephant landmine survivor who was injured in 199 and Mosha was only seven months old when she stepped on a landmine in 2006. Their incredible stories to learn to walk again on prostheses is featured in the documentary, "The Eyes of Thailand", now available on DVD. If you'd like to see more, visit: Thanks!

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