Hoofless Calf Receives Surgery for Prosthetic Legs at A&M

By: KBTX News Staff Email
By: KBTX News Staff Email

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - Texas A&M veterinarians performed surgery on a calf, named Hero, that lost two of it's hooves to frost bite Tuesday.

Vets at A&M's Large Animal Hospital reshaped the calf's stumps so it will be able to comfortably wear prosthetic legs, according to Angela Clandenin, Director of Communications & Public Relations for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

"Similar procedures have been done in humans and in horses," said Clandenin. "This was an extremely complicated case. This is a case where we have to work very closely with the owner to develop that appropriate treatment plan for Hero."

Hero was taken in by an organization called Selah Ranch Animal Rescue after he was abandoned by a previous owner. His current owner says she plans to pay for the $7,000 surgery with donations.

Vets say Hero probably won't need follow-up surgeries as he gets older.

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