Secretary bird at German park gets new leg from 3D printer
Soeckchen the secretary bird is now strutting around her home in northern Germany with an artificial leg produced by a 3D printer.
Keepers at the Weltvogelpark bird park in Walsrode found two-year-old Soeckchen (Little Socks) in her aviary with a broken left leg.
Her lower leg had to be amputated.
Zookeepers turned to Lars Thalmann of e-Nable, which makes free prosthetic hands for children.
The dpa news agency says it was the first time the organisation had made a prosthesis for an animal.
Park spokeswoman Janina Buse says it took two attempts to get it right.
A first prosthesis, which mimicked the leg's form, turned out too heavy.
Ms Buse said Mr Thalmann built a second leg without talons, adding: "It looks much simpler, but the bird is managing brilliantly with it."