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For the first time a vulture has been fitted with prosthetic legs. This is the first such case in the world. The leg of Mia, a female vulture from Austria’s Owl and Bird of Pre-Century, was badly damaged. In the century, a team of doctors fitted him with a prosthetic leg. Doctors prepared a special kind of prosthetic leg for him. Now he can fly like another vulture. He will be released after full recovery.
The team of doctors who performed Mia’s surgery.
hard to make the leg of a heavy bird like a vulture
Experts from the Medical University of Vienna designed a permanent prosthetic leg for Mia. Experts say, it is easier to put artificial legs in small birds and survive them because such birds are light. In the case of the vulture it is not easy. While preparing the prosthetic leg, it had to be taken into account whether the vulture would be able to bear its weight with its body.
Leading the group of doctors who performed Mia’s surgery, Prof. Oscar Azman has previously designed prosthetic hands for the disabled. According to doctors, the prosthetic leg was attached to the end of the bone of the vulture’s leg. After 3 weeks of surgery, the vulture tried to walk. About 6 weeks he was able to bear the weight of his feet along with his body. Now he is able to walk and fly.
Six months after the operation, the vulture started walking with a prosthetic leg.
X-raying of feet
After surgery, X-rays of the legs were also done to know how comfortable the vulture is and how strong the legs are. Pro. Oscar says, this process is called osseooperation. With the help of this Mia is able to walk like a normal bird and is able to eat food. This is the first time a vulture has been fitted with prosthetic legs.
Damaged skin repair started after 4 weeks
According to the report published in the Scientific Journal, antibiotics were given after the surgery. After about 4 weeks, the damaged skin gradually started to repair. Doctors say, once it is fit for breeding, it will be released back into the wild.