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The World’s First Alligator With A Prosthetic Tail

By on March 12, 2013

The lack of the alligator’s limb prevented him from swimming and dragged the animal improperly. It would have been unlikely for the alligator to survive long.

Mr. Stubbs is a lizard nine-year-old who lost his tail in a fight against an opponent of the same species. The absence of this part of his body prevented him from walking and swimming normally. It’s life expectancy would have been minimal or no it had not been rescued by the Phoenix Herpetological Society, Arizona, which he built a prosthetic expert who supplied the missing limb.

Thus, it was decided to insert a tail made from silicone and latex. The idea is to be light and to allow the amphibian crawl swim and smoothly.

“Probably the alligator approached an alligator that was much bigger than him and that’s how he lost his leg,” says Russ Johnson, the Phoenix Herpetological Society. This hypothesis is not exaggerated, since some species of lizards are cannibals.

The prosthesis, according to “Daily Mail”, was designed using infrared cameras to capture in detail the animal’s movements, both on land and underwater. Mr. Stubbs still getting used to his artificial tail, but he can swim and walk with less problems. The prosthesis will be changed as the animal grows.

The World's First Alligator With A Prosthetic Tail

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