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Amputee Duck Gets A 3D-Printed Prosthetic Foot
July 2, 2013
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Buttercup looking pretty fired up about his new foot (Photo: Designboom)

If you haven't heard about this yet, it's a great story: this is Buttercup, a duck who was born in a high school biology lab with a backward left foot, making it impossible to walk.

The school couldn't care for the duck, so they handed it over to the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary in Tennessee, who decided to amputate the backwards foot.

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Buttercup as a young duck, with his backward foot bandaged (Photo: Designboom)

Buttercup managed to limp around, but he wasn't fully mobile. So the sanctuary teamed up with Novacopy, a 3D printing business, to build a brand new prosthetic foot for the duck.

Thanks to new technology, it was possible to print up a mold of the bird's left foot in about 13 hours.

The next step was using the mold to create a silicone prosthesic foot, and attaching it to Buttercup's leg.

And after that, the duck was off and walking.

Check out this video, uploaded on Sunday night by Feathered Angels:

In it, Buttercup walks around freely, seemingly very comfortable with his new 3D-printed appendage.

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Buttercup investigates the 3D-printed mold of his left leg (Photo: Designboom)

If you'd like to keep track of how Buttercup's doing with his new red leg, you can follow him on his Facebook page.

Via Colossal

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