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
NM Calf Frolics With Fake Legs
Meadow, a Black Angus yearling calf from Ocate, NM, poses with her new prosthetic hind legs.   (AP photo/Courtesy of Colorado State University)

(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.

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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.'" (Read more prosthetics stories.)

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