Author Topic: Swearing parrot fitted with false leg (Seriously, its a bizarre little story)  (Read 3806 times)

Offline Steve C

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Swearing parrot fitted with false leg



George the parrot has not had a good night's sleep for 18 months, since he lost his leg when a wild animal attacked him in his aviary.

The African Grey parrot, who has usually has a very limited vocabulary, has even been heard to cry out `bloody hell' in frustration at balancing on one claw.

But an expert at the University of Salford fashioned George his own tiny prosthetic device. Dr Glyn Heath, of the university's School of Health Care Professions, is a specialist in creating prosthetics for animals but said this was the first time he had made one for a bird.

George nibbled it, he tossed it aside, he hung from the top of his cage and looked at it, and then ... he ate it.



http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1037562_leg_up_for_sick_parrot_
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thanks for that one, it remined me of the fin or tail that they did for a dolphin a while back. wonder how it tasted to him?
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That's a great story.  Always need a good laugh.
Thanks. :D
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I read yesterday that he ate the wooden artificial leg off. Chewed it into pieces.

Me thinks they need to try carbon fiber.
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Do birds need fiber in their diet?  Carbon fiber is an expensive way to get that fiber!
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Hope I never get that desperate to eat my leg lol could be expensive lol

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 ???  I would think the prosthesis should have large toes...maybe he could use it better... then again maybe not  ::)   I'm not a parrot.

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False leg given to landmine elephant
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2008, 10:25:46 AM »
heres still another story about animals getting prodthetic legs...
False leg given to landmine elephant
-click here to view the story --->http://arbroath.blogspot.com/

The new canvas leg has been created for Mocha, a female elephant being cared for by Thai vets.



The animal was severely injured when she stepped on a landmine at the Thai-Myanmar border, losing her front right leg in the blast.



But now experts at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in northern Thailand's Lampang province have come to her aid - hoping she can soon be set safely free on her own four feet again.
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'steve these stories are fantastic....I hope she gets along OK.

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TO YOU-ALL, i think that i have seen this on a program and she is back to logging agian with her artificial leg and is do ing real well with it.

This may be a differant one, not sure.
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Geese just when you think you seen it all! :)

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NOPE  not yet, GOOGLE MOLLY the horse, she has been fitted with a right fore leg and is doing great. will try and get the URL  for her today if i have a chance.
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LOL, Great stories guys!

Dr Heath was my teacher at uni so i happen to know that Animal Prosthetics/Orthotics is an area of speciality for him! Apart form the Parrot prosthesis, he's also made/been involved in, A Prosthetic leg for a horse, Orthotic device (a cart) for a dog that lost the use of his back legs, An orthosis for a Hemiplegic Rat, a device to assist a goldfish that couldn't swim!


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NOPE  not yet, GOOGLE MOLLY the horse, she has been fitted with a right fore leg and is doing great. will try and get the URL  for her today if i have a chance.

I remember seeing that, did Ossur make her a custom made Flex Foot?

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NOPE  not yet, GOOGLE MOLLY the horse, she has been fitted with a right fore leg and is doing great. will try and get the URL  for her today if i have a chance.

Now that one I did see, I wish they could try that on all the horses who break a leg and not put them down.