Prosthetic limbs for physically handicapped people are quite common, but have you heard of a duck getting one? The first case of this kind has now taken place in Canada, with the beneficiary being a duck nicknamed “Dudley.”
Last year, the five-month-old Anatidae bird and his duck brother were both the subject of an unprovoked assault by a grownup chicken. Unlike his brother, Dudley survived the attack but lost his leg in the process.
He was relegated to a life of disability, until a few months ago, a mechanical engineer named Terence Loring teamed up with 3D printing companies, 3 Pillar Designs and Proto3000, to build a new mechanical leg made of plastic for the poor fella.
The experiment was recently completed, and its outcome is that Dudley has gotten back the ability to walk. His caregivers at K9-1-1 Animal and Rescue Services say not only can he walk all by himself now, but the artificial leg has likely added some more time to his life.
“We got him up on his leg, and for the past 3.5 weeks he's been walking around on it,” Loring told MailOnline. “He's doing very well.”
The leg has apparently boosted Dudley’s confidence and mood too, as Loring revealed:“He has a little friend, a pot bellied pig called Elsie that pushes him around. When he got his leg, the first thing he did was go push the pig around. You can really see the excitement that he can now move around.”
Neither Loring, nor the 3D printers charged anything for their generosity. And how could they? Dudley is an orphan. So, if you’re looking to adopt him, come this way and check out the K9-1-1 website.