A Calgary bird who lost his feet to frostbite is now walking thanks to a pair of artificial talons created on a 3D printer.
Left with just stumps and unable to walk, Foghorn the footless rooster was discovered earlier this year by the city’s animal and bylaw services.
Dr. Daniel Pang, an assistant professor in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, wanted to help when heard about the rooster’s condition. Pang’s area of research is in small animal pain and welfare.
“I immediately thought of Dr. Mark Ungrin as I knew he had a 3D printer in his laboratory and he might be able to design and create prosthetic feet for the rooster,” he said in a release.
The two veterinarians put their noggins together and brought in an undergraduate mechanical engineering student to help manufacture the fake feet.
Thanks to the floods of 2013, the Bow River in downtown Calgary has become a magnet for river surfers.
Surfer Jacob Quinlan says the spot in the shadow of the Louise Bridge has attracted many fellow enthusiasts this summer.
“We’re really lucky to have this wave here, the accessibility it brings,” he said. “People can see it and just hop in and try it out, so it’s been really great this summer.”
Last summer’s massive flooding carved new contours in the Bow River, creating a surfer-perfect permanent wave just downstream of the 10th Street crossing, said Neil Egsgard, president of the Alberta River Surfing Association.