Friday, March 02, 2007

A happy story to wrap up the week . . .

A Japanese dolphin is squealing with delight after receiving a prosthetic tail to replace one amputated due to a skin disease.
Fuji's handlers at the Churaumi Aquarium in Japan's southern most island of Okinawa say the fake tail may have saved her life as she had put on dangerous amounts of weight from being inactive after she lost her tail. The rubber prosthetic device is slightly smaller than the tail of a dolphin of Fuji's size. It is made of material used for Formula One race car tires and the black silicon rubber was reinforced with artificial bone made of carbon-fiber. Sponge rubber was used for parts that come directly in contact with Fuji's skin. As for Fuji, the freedom that it brought her is priceless. After initially being frightened of it, the dolphin now leaps and swims with vigor.

Sometimes, technology is a good thing!


Blogger GetFlix said...

Great story, Diane!

9:36 PM  
Blogger Ffleur said...

It is so heartening to read when humans actually help animals rather than killing, maiming and stealing their habitat. What a joyful story. Thank you Diane.

10:32 PM  
Blogger sage said...

touching, I love watching porpoises, they're so graceful.

6:10 AM  
Blogger EditThis said...

That's a great story.

9:35 AM  
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Blogger v said...

Wow. Amazing story. Thanks for posting it! I couldn't tell it was a prosthetic at first glance.

Truly, what a great form of new technology.

5:55 PM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

This is a cool story, but I have to say, what is cooler is that his tail has a racing stripe! He's going to be one bad-ass dolphin in the aquarium.

1:54 PM  
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