duck with 3d printer foot
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Science.
Photo: Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary

Genetics dealt Buttercup a tough hand when he was born. The duck’s foot was underdeveloped and backwards making it so the poor thing couldn’t walk properly. Thankfully, some kind humans took it upon themselves to make walking a reality for Buttercup. And now, he seems to have perfected his waddle.

The folks at the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary designed a foot for the young duck. They even made a facebook page so the world can follow along through the molding process and, now, Buttercup’s first steps.

Mike Garey, head of the sanctuary, told CNET, “With his deformed foot, he would have been in pain and had constant cuts and foot infections walking on the side of it even at our sanctuary here.”

3d printed foot for duck

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Check out the video below and Buttercup’s facebook page to follow his journey.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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