When wild animals are born with physical disabilities or have an accident, it most likely means a death sentence for the animal. Luckily some of them are found by good-hearted humans who take them in and save them from predators and the elements. Occasionally, these good samaritans also display a great degree of creativity and craftiness, and manage to build prosthetics that restore the animal to almost full mobility. Seems like some of these lucky animals can’t even tell the difference.
1. Tzvika is an injured female turtle. She suffered severe damage to her shell when she was run over with a lawnmower and needs help with walking. But now, she can walk with the aid of her newly attached wheels.
3. Hoppa, a 4 year-old mixed breed dog born without front legs, can use a prosthetic device to walk outside. An animal-loving art student created the device for Hoppa, and hopes his wheeling device will improve the lives of pets born with abnormalities or with amputated limbs.
4. Yu the 25 year-old female loggerhead turtle washed up in a fishing net years ago. Her front flippers were shredded after an encounter with a shark. Now, she has gone through 27 different pairs of prosthetic flippers that allow her to swim happily and naturally.
5. This female bottlenose dolphin “Fuji”, estimated to be 37 years-old, lost 75 percent of her tail fluke due to an unknown disease in 2002. She was in serious trouble, but now the dolphin can swim and jump using the artificial tail fluke, which is believed to be the world’s first artificial fin for a dolphin.
9. Oscar had his hind legs severed by a combine harvester, doesn’t even have to use a wheelchair to get around. The spunky 2 year-old cat can walk again after being fitted with prosthetic limbs in a world-first operation.
10. A dog named Pay de Limon (Lemon Pay) can run thanks to being fitted with two front prosthetic legs. Members of a drug gang in the Mexican state of Zacatecas chopped off Limon’s paws to practice cutting fingers off kidnapped people, a terrible atrocity.
11. Motala is a 48 year-old female elephant that can now finally walk normally again thanks to her newly attached prosthetic leg. She stepped on a landmine 10 years ago and is now being taken care of at the Elephant Hospital in Lampang province, north of Bangkok.
13. Chris P. Bacon was born without the use of his hind legs. Last month, the pig’s owner turned the piglet over to a Clermont, Florida, vet who decided to help him out. Now, he has his own little wheelchair and he couldn’t be happier about it.
Hopefully these handicapped animals and their inspirational stories make you feel a little bit better about the challenges you face yourself.