A 25-year-old female loggerhead turtle named Yu swims right after getting her 27th pair of prosthetic flippers at the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, western Japan February 11, 2013. Life looked grim for Yu, a loggerhead turtle, when she washed up within a Japanese fishing net five years ago, her front flippers shredded soon after a brutal encounter using a shark. Now keepers at an aquarium within the western Japanese city of Kobe are fighting to seek out a high-tech resolution that can enable the 25-year-old turtle to swim again, with years of labours and 27 models of prosthetic fins behind them without achievement.
Chris P. Bacon, pictured February 12, 2013, at Eastside Veterinary Hospital in Clermont, Florida, was born with no the use of his hind legs. Final month, the pig’s owner turned the piglet over to a Clermont vet who decided to help the small guy. Dr. Len Lucero took the pig property and created a wheelchair for him using toy parts.
Oscar the cat, which had its hind legs severed by a combine harvester, stands within this undated handout. Two-year-old Oscar can stroll again immediately after getting fitted with prosthetic limbs inside a world-first operation. Oscar was given a pair of artificial limbs by veterinary surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick, using a strategy developed by a University College London group.
A keeper holds an artificial tail fluke attached to female bottlenose dolphin “Fuji”, estimated to be 37-years-old, at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu town around the southern Japanese island of Okinawa February 14, 2007. Fuji lost 75 % of her tail fluke because of an unknown illness in 2002. The dolphin can swim and jump using the artificial tail fluke, that is believed to be the world’s very first artificial fin for a dolphin, and was developed by veterinarians and Japan’s biggest tire maker Bridgestone Co., an aquarium official stated.
Marco van den Boom installs a wheel of a medical roll car for French bulldog Billy in the headquarters of ‘Rehatechnik fuer Tiere’ (health-related engineering for animals) within the western town of Witten November 9, 2012. Four-year old Billy, whose hind legs are paralyzed since birth, ran for the initial time on Friday together with the aid in the roll automobile. ‘Rehatechnik fuer Tiere’ owner Marco van den Boom, custom builds a variety of roll automobiles for disabled or infirm dogs and animals, to assist aid their mobility or paralysis requirements.
A 48-year-old female elephant named Motala walks on her newly attached prosthetic leg at the Elephant Hospital in Lampang province, north of Bangkok August 16, 2009. Motala’s front left leg was maimed right after she stepped on a landmine at the Myanmar-Thai border ten years ago.
A seven-year-old disabled cat named Cici is helped to walk by a device as she participates in “Cat Show 2002″ in the western Turkish city of Izmir, December 29, 2002. Cici was disabled within a website traffic accident two months prior.
Tzvika, an injured female turtle, walks with the aid of her newly attached wheels at the Wildlife Hospital inside the Ramat Gan Safari close to Tel Aviv January five, 2011. About two months ago, Tzvika was run more than by a lawn mower and suffered serious damage to her shell, plus a spinal injury that affected her capacity to utilize her rear limbs. The wheels, attached by veterinarians at the safari, elevate the turtle to help keep the shell from getting worn down and enable her to walk.
Hoppa, a four-year-old mixed breed dog born without having front legs, uses a prosthetic device to walk outdoors in the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv February 28, 2010. The device was invented particularly for Hoppa by a animal-loving art student, who hopes his wheeling device will boost the lives of pets born with abnormalities or with amputated limbs.