NM Calf Frolics With Fake Legs
Family pays for prosthetics after adopting frostbitten calf
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 3:40 AM CST
Meadow, a Black Angus yearling calf from Ocate, NM, poses with her new prosthetic hind legs.   (AP photo/Courtesy of Colorado State University)
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(Newser) – The first calf ever fitted with prosthetic legs now spends her days frolicking at a New Mexico farm just months after losing her back hooves and part of her hind legs to frostbite. Rancher Nancy Dickenson's step-daughter found the frostbitten black Angus, named Meadow, on a neighboring property and the family persuaded veterinarians and students at Colorado State University to help.

The Dickensons, who have rescued dozens of other animals, decided to spend thousands of dollars on the prosthetics after the calf became a family pet. Meadow can now run and graze normally. "She's just so precious," Dickenson told AP. "A few people have asked 'Is she going to be beef?' and I said, 'Are you kidding? This is my newest baby.'"