Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Animal Kingdom

From the weird and wild Animal Kingdom comes two stories of people using everyday tools and materials to repair injured animals.

You may have heard about the tortoise who had his shell patched up with fiberglass following surgery to remove his bladder stones.

Well, now there is a Thai elephant who has been fitted with a temporary prosthetic leg after losing her leg to a land mine six years ago.

The "leg" appears to be basically a big bag stuffed with wood shavings that is attached to the stub that was left after her accident. The BBC article claims there are plans to fit her with a stronger silicone and fiberglass leg if all goes well with the temporary one.

Next up, replacement titanium beaks for all those birds that keep flying into windows.


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