Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital and the Bionic Goose

"Goose gets a bionic leg in world-first operation" (July 9, 2009)

"Here is the world's first bionic Goose. The two-week old gosling was found with a broken leg, but vets did not have the heart to put it down.

"Instead, they decided to operate on the young creature, named Betty, to give her a bionic leg.

"She was fitted with steel pins, nuts and bolts to build a leg brace which soon got her back up and waddling around...."

They're hoping to release the gosling into the wild in about three weeks.

Actually, I think "bionic" is a bit of an exaggeration: although considering the size of the patient and other considerations the doctors and technicians are to be commended.

The article also describes the rescue of a budgie at sea. The little bird was found, nearly drowned, a half mile from land.

As a feel-good story with a technical turn, this is A-list material.
A tip of the hat to dreammanifesto, on Twitter, for the heads-up on this article.

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