When a koala was found with its dying mother, being orphaned wasn’t its only misfortune. The rescuer also noticed that the marsupial was missing one foot.
Fortunately, of all people, a local dental technician has been able to help this little one.
The story of how the prosthetist managed to save the day is amazing.
Koala’s helper, Marley Christian from Koala friends, he was doing his best for Triumph the koala. She had been wearing doll socks to cover her stump, a birth defect. The socks seemed to help ease the discomfort Triumph seemed to feel whenever he tried to put weight on the limb, but Christian felt like he couldn’t stop there.
According to ABC Australia, began searching the Internet for pet prosthetists who could make an artificial limb. But for a koala, there was nothing to find.
“They told us that it hadn’t been done and that it couldn’t be done,” Ms. Christian said. AB C.
Christian managed to find an American company that specialized in animal prosthetics, but after a year of clues and mistakes, they couldn’t find a design that would hold together comfortably.
In passing, Christian brought up the Triumph situation to a dental technician in his local area of Lismore, New South Wales. He suggested that since he made molds of all kinds of different dentures, he could try it out with his own hand.
“People make prosthetics for animals,” dental technician Jon Doulman told ABC. “I’ve seen them made for ducks, dogs and cats … but no one seemed to want to try it with this little friend.”
After taking molds from Triumph’s stump, he essentially created a rubber boot, secured with Velcro, that immediately restored Triumph’s freedom of movement.
“His behavior has completely changed,” said Christian, adding that he crawls, runs, climbs and plays, and that the boot has even corrected a dangerous curve that was developing in his spine.
Despite his success with the koala, Doulman has decided to continue working with humans rather than getting involved with animal prosthetics, but is happy that he was able to help Triumph, as the “little one” was in trouble.
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