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9 inspiring animals that use prosthetics

By: Bryan Nelson on Dec. 15, 2010, 11 a.m.
A dolphin with a disabled tail swims in blue water

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Bionic animals

Prosthetics have changed the lives of disabled and handicapped people since the Egyptians first pioneered the idea, but only recently have prosthetic limbs and other artificial devices been used to assist other animals. Pets and farm animals are common recipients, but scientists have also created prosthetics for endangered species to ensure their survival.

Here's our list of nine inspiring animals that lived happier, fuller lives thanks to a prosthesis. (Text: Bryan Nelson)