AU Vet School partners with ‘Dolphin Tail’ company to fit miniature donkey with prosthetic leg

More like Bionic Miniature Donkey College: Emma, the miniature bionic donkey, with her mother just two weeks after surgery.

Another day, another animal medical marvel for Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

This time they’ve teamed up with prosthetics company the Hanger Clinic to fit a miniature donkey foal named Emma with a prosthetic leg to replace a deformed limb that had to be amputated.

Hanger is the same company that fashioned a prosthetic tail for Winter, the amputee dolphin in the 2011 film Dolphin Tale.

While Emma’s case provides a unique teaching opportunity for Auburn’s vet students, Hanger Clinic clinician Billy Fletcher also sees the partnership’s benefits for Hanger’s human patients.

“I think it’s also going to be great for our patients to see, especially with the fact that (Emma) is dealing with some wound healing issues,” Fletcher says in an AU produced video. “It’s great for them to see her situation, see her get back up and running and doing what she wants to do and it can kind of be an inspiration to those human patients as well.”

We’re assuming the next step in Emma’s rehabilitation is training to sniff out terrorist’s miniature donkeys. Or pythons.

Photo via AU’s Flickr stream.

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