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Rescued calf gets new high-tech prosthetics



By MICHAEL GRACZYK

HOUSTON (AP) -- A 600-pound calf that lost its back hooves and part of its legs to frostbite in Virginia more than a year ago has been fitted in Texas with a new pair of prosthetic hind legs.

The English Charolais (SHAR'-lay) calf known as Hero received the high-tech devices on Wednesday in Houston. The animal may be the only double-amputee calf in the U.S. with prosthetics.

Technicians who made the replacements for the hooves and legs and a Texas A&M University surgeon who treated the animal earlier this year say they're not aware of another head of cattle with prosthetic legs.

The calf has been adopted by an animal rescuer, Kitty Martin, who says the roughly $40,000 she's invested in Hero is worth it. The new devices replace others Hero had outgrown.

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cgoldhahn1 May 23 2014 at 1:40 PM

JUST FANTASTIC. GOD BLESS THE WOMAN WHO ADOPTED HIM AND GAVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE AT LIFE WITH HIS NEW PROSTHETIC LEGS. IT'S A MIRACLE. LOVELY STORY WITH A HAPPY ENDING. WE NEED MORE HAPPY ENDINGS.

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tinablondtiger May 23 2014 at 1:55 PM

God Bless them both. What a nice story.

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imrustysmom tinablondtiger May 23 2014 at 5:57 PM

Heartwarming for sure!

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bubbabsw May 23 2014 at 1:43 PM

Yet there are children and adults in this country who don't have and can't afford prosthetic limbs, lets save an animal and let humans suffer.

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alderic2048 May 23 2014 at 2:25 PM

I would have done the same thing: animals are special: I have rescued many cats from death's grip.

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"BIG GUY" May 23 2014 at 2:24 PM

It's a cow. Can we not even go down the path that other children on the planet can't get new legs...it's a C O W....they make steaks and food for the hungry. I do not eat meat, but even I can't see any semblance of logic in this.this is right up there with a humanitarian group saving a cow from going to slaughter for food. I know of a farm who sold a sheep to a couple who just wanted to save it from becoming lamb chops. Really?

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jguss69 May 23 2014 at 1:51 PM

at least he,s been saved from the dinner plate

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bjredmond64 May 23 2014 at 2:25 PM

how wonderful that someone cared. amazing what can be done.

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bgorg May 23 2014 at 2:06 PM

bless you for saving that animal and all your wonderful help...

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stagoodman May 23 2014 at 2:14 PM

How wonderful

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clark26901 May 23 2014 at 2:25 PM

Great story...I love the people in this country who say..."If it's broke, Let's fix it!"

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Mitch Welch clark26901 May 23 2014 at 3:00 PM

Yep, wouldn't it be nice if our politicans were saying that about our border with Mexico.

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reljal clark26901 May 24 2014 at 12:50 AM

...and the US House of Representatives also needs to be fixed.

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跟佛永誓 reljal May 24 2014 at 4:43 AM

Add Malaysia 1 :D

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