Ozzie the goose is a lucky duck, but he didn’t start off that way. Fortunately, inspiring South African animal lover Sue Burger took care of him and watched over the feathery fellow as he healed. Three companies – 3D Printing Systems, digital design firm BunnyCorp, and the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing at Central University of Technology in South Africa – joined forces to develop the goose’s new limb, reports CNET. As Burger stated, the bird is still getting used to the prosthetic, but is already capable of standing and walking with it.
Ozzie took a field trip to the BunnyCorp offices in Cape Town to have his stump measured. Next came the design and printing of a test prosthesis consisting of a cup, a jointed leg and a webbed foot. Ozzie is now getting used to his prosthetic leg and foot. He’s been able to stand on it and take some first steps. BunnyCorp is following his progress and will make adjustments to the design if necessary.
A New 3D-Printed Leg for Amputee Goose Ozzie: