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Cow Gets Double Prosthetic Legs

Jill Harness

When Nancy Dickenson and her stepdaughter found an 11-month-old calf suffering from severe frostbite on their neighbor's property, they knew they had to do something to help. When they realized the Black Angus heifer had lost the use of its back legs, they bought the cow from their neighbor and then brought it to Colorado State University. Staff and students worked together to amputate the calf's crippled legs and provide her with two prosthetic legs. This is the first time a cow has been fitted with two prosthetics.

Meadow, as she is now called, is now a pet of the family -- who saved her twice now, once from her injuries and once from the slaughter she would have otherwise been subjected to.