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In photos: Buttercup the backwards walking duck gets a 3D-printed prosthetic leg

by | 11th, July 2013

buttercuip duck amputee

BUTTERCUP the duck only had one leg facing the right way. The left leg faced backwards.  Buttercup was going nowhere fast. But science could help.

At the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary, Buttercup’s leg was was amputated. The medics built him a 3D-printed prosthetic leg based on a mould on his sister’s left limb.

Buttercup can now walk in a straight line.

PS –  if the duck’s foot can be printed from DNA and stem-cell technology, will ducks be spared from the cooking pot?

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