Australia Triumph the koala climbs and runs with prosthetic foot made by Australian dentist

10:36  22 february  2021
10:36  22 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

New limb for Triumph, the koala born with missing foot, thanks to Lismore dental prosthetist

  New limb for Triumph, the koala born with missing foot, thanks to Lismore dental prosthetist A koala born with a missing foot gets a spring in his step after a volunteer comes forward to help with a unique idea.The koala, named Triumph, was taken into care in 2017 after being found with his dying mother on a property near Lismore in northern New South Wales.

Triumph , the koala , was found with his dying mother in 2017. Friends of the Koala Marley Christian says Triumph 's whole demeanour has changed since getting the new limb. An American company specialising in pet prosthetics also tried to make a limb for Triumph . Triumph was recently fitted with the new foot and immediately began grooming, climbing and crawling while it stayed in place. Ms Christian said Triumph 's entire demeanour had changed. "He's able to move a lot better, he's a lot more active," she said. "It alleviated the discomfort from his stump, and it assists him with running

This is Triumph , he has almost no his right hind foot now. He is beginning to walk lame with his 3-leg steps. He was rescued from the fallen gum tree on the river. The tree suddenly collapsed into the river bank due to landslides. He suffers from discomfort when he puts too much pressure on struggles walking and climbing . Triumph finally received the cast kit, from Animal Orthocare. Next step is to send the moulded cast back to create a prosthetic boot for Triumph Source: Marley Christian, Friends of the koala | IG.

By Cordelia Hsu

a bird sitting on top of a koala: Koala with prosthetic foot lies in a tree in Lismore © Reuters/REUTERS TV Koala with prosthetic foot lies in a tree in Lismore

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Triumph, a male koala born without a foot, has been climbing and running since he was fitted with a prosthetic one made by a neighbourhood dentist, an Australian wildlife carer said on Monday.

Veterinarian nurse Marley Christian had rescued the joey koala in northern New South Wales in 2017, after she found him next to his dying mother with only three feet and a protruding bone in place of the fourth.

"Once I put the little boot on him and he did this little jump, then he was running around and climbing, I actually cried," she said, explaining how Triumph became a whole new koala once the prosthesis was attached.

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"It's the best thing that ever happened, I would do absolutely anything for this boy."

Christian had become Triumph's primary carer at the Friends of the Koala centre in Lismore, a town 136km (84.51 miles) south of Brisbane, while searching for a solution to his birth defect.

A U.S. company specialising in animal prosthesis tried to create a foot for Triumph, but was unsuccessful after several attempts.

Eventually Christian found an answer closer to home. Dental prosthetist Jon Doulman had heard of Triumph's dilemma and volunteered to take on the case.

The resulting prosthetic is pink, with a velcro strap to help keep it on Triumph's leg and a tread on the bottom to help the marsupial grip while walking and climbing.

"It was certainly different," Doulman said. "It required a bit of lateral thinking in so far as coming up with the design ... but it was a great feeling to be able to help him."

Doulman is currently in the process of improving his design for Triumph, but said that the koala "seems to be quite comfortable wearing it."

Triumph, who is nearly five years old, will need to spend the rest of his life in captivity, most likely under Christian's care.

(Reporting by Cordelia Hsu; Writing by Melanie Burton; Editing by Karishma Singh)

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