19 Jul '13, 12pm

12 Special Needs Animals That Survived and Thrived #animals #help

12 Special Needs Animals That Survived and Thrived #animals #help

Naki’o was born able-bodied, but as a puppy, he was abandoned in a house in Nebraska during winter . When rescuers found him, he was in a puddle in the basement; his mother had already died, and Naki’o was severely frostbitten. Although rescuers managed to save him, Naki’o lost all four paws to frostbite, as well as part of his nose and tail. A veterinary assistant adopted Naki’o, and once he recovered, his legs healed into rounded stumps that made prostheses a viable possibility. His owner saved enough money to purchase two artificial legs from a Denver-based vet hospital called Orthopets. Orthopets was impressed at how well Naki’o maneuvered with his two new hind legs, so the hospital covered the cost of creating front legs as well. He’s now able to run and jump, and his bionic legs have special grip pads that allow him to move on slick surfaces. Photo credit: Naki’o the...

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