9-month-old calf undergoes surgery to get prosthetics

Texas A&M Veterinary College
POSTED: Friday, November 22, 2013 - 4:53pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 7:50pm

A nine-month-old calf who was missing its two back hooves now has a second chance at life thanks to the Texas A&M Large Animal Hospital.

Hero was rescued after being found last spring in Virginia suffering from frostbite.

The young calf lost both his back hooves and part of his tail.

Tuesday vets at the Texas A&M Large Animal Hospital performed the extensive and complicated stump revision surgery on Hero in order to prep him for new prosthetics legs.

A procedure that will allow him to walk again without pain.

"Prosthetics are typically used, most people think about, in humans," said spokeswoman for the vet school, Angela Clendenin. "There are some used in the equine world in horses but very rarely do you see it in calves or livestock.

It's still too early to tell if Hero will need any additional surgeries but we're told he's recovery well.

Hero could be released from the hospital within five weeks so long as there are no complications.

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