3D Printer Gives A Chicken A New Leg, Better Life

3D Printer Gives A Chicken A New Leg, Better Life
By Kenny Coogan, Florida A team at Tufts University and a Massachusetts farm have combined efforts to create a prosthetic leg using a 3D printer for a hen named Sweet Cicely. It is very likely the first use of a 3D printer to help a chicken walk, and so far, it’s working. “Her tenacity, spirit and courage are an inspiration to people,” Andrea Martin, Black Thistle Farm’s poultry expert, says. The farm located in Worcester County, Massachusetts, rescues and rehabilitates chickens in need, both physically and behaviorally. Sweet Cicely is a White Leghorn pullet that was surrendered to the Black Thistle Farm in Massachusetts due to a deformed leg. “Cicely suffered from a slipped tendon that had been neglected,” Martin says. Veterinarian Dr. Knafo evaluated the severity of the Cicely’s injury at Tufts University Veterinary School (Grafton), and the only humane option was to have the leg amputated. Since her original leg was useless, the amputation allowed her

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