Duck gets prosthetic foot made by 3D printer

A duck named Buttercup has been given a new lease on life after its owner printed it a custom made webbed foot to replace its backward appendage that left the bird unable to walk.

Buttercup’s Nashville-based owner Mike Garey fitted the duck with the prosthetic limb last week and was able to post a video of it online by Sunday night, the Tennessean reports.

The video shows Mr Garey fitting Buttercup with a sock for comfort, before sliding on the artificial limb that looks just like a duck’s webbed foot.

After the fitting the bird tests out the new limb and appears to take to it like a duck to water.

“Look at him go,” Mr Garey yells excitedly in the video as the duck waddles around.

Buttercup was born in a high school science lab with a backward leg and could barely walk.

In February the bird had its left foot amputated, leading Mr Garey to consider a replacement limb.

He designed Buttercup’s prosthetic and sent the plans to a local 3D printing company, which completed the job.

The firm is planning to hold a meet and greet with Buttercup to showcase the technology.

Author: Martin Zavan. Approving editor: Jack Hawke

Source: The Tennessean.


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