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Modern technology allows Peg to waddle again

Published: Jan 2018

A 3D printed leg gives one duck a new lease of life.

Students in Arkansas, US, have designed a prosthetic leg that has enabled a duck with only one foot to waddle properly again.

The young students, who created the leg using 3D printing techniques, worked on a number of different designs before finding the perfect fit for the eight-month-old Indian runner duck named Peg.

The duck’s owner, Patsy Smith, who found the bird after a turtle had apparently chewed off his foot said that she was elated with the students’ efforts and that it had been a “wonderful learning experience”.

“I’m just so grateful that there are people that truly care, and they’ve gone out of their way to do everything they can to make it as comfortable for the duck.”

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