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Watch this amputee duck walk for the first time with a 3D-printed foot

Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary

“My name is Buttercup and when I hatched my left foot was turned backwards.” And so begins the story of Buttercup, the boy duck with a brand-new 3D printed foot.

Shortly after birth in November of last year, Buttercup’s backwards foot was amputated: His caretaker told CNET that leaving it backwards would likely result in a lifetime of complications, including infections.

But Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary in Arlington, TN, reasoned that a 3D-printed foot would work better than a ducky peg leg, and found volunteers to help make that dream a reality. And so now, still shy of his first birthday but quite the handsome plucky fellow, Buttercup is now able to walk like a duck:

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For more on what 3D printing can do, read my roundup of Boston’s first 3D printing meetup.

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