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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