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|Date:||4/24/2014 7:56:40 PM
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|Hi Pico; enjoy the weekend to the fullest
Sky here with an exclusive interview with a well known Florida Veterinarian Dr. Donald Harris. Dr Harris came into the public spotlight early in 2000 when he was fundamental in saving the life of a badly mauled Leadbeater Cockatoo, that had been savagely attacked by her cage mate.
According to Dr. Donald Harris, the attack occurred in the early hours of Christmas Eve 2000 when Candy an adult Leadbeater Cockatoo was mauled by her male cage mate another Leadbeater Cockatoo in an unprovoked incident.
"When Candy arrived at our Miami Florida Clinic, ( Avian & Exotic Animal Center) she looked like she had sat in a blender. The owners had found Candy lying on the bottom of the shared cage, covered in blood, and barely alive. They rushed her to an emergency Clinic in Fort Myers where Vet's worked to stop bleeding and stabilize her for transport to our Clinic."
" Candy was in bad shape. Pieces of bone & tendons were all that was left of her legs. Candy had attempted to protect herself during the attack with her feet, but they were mauled and raked to pieces. I amputated one foot upon arrival, then had to amputate the other a few days later. Over the next 2 days I also had to amputate the lower half of one leg between the knee & ankle."
"Is was a fighter, I thought I had to try to do more for her. I thought why not build artificial legs for Candy? Problem? No one had done this on a bird. I pondered this for several days as Candy recovered and came up with the idea to use bone pins used to splice human bones together and dental acrylic used for building bridges for humans."
During a record breaking first, Dr Harris fastened the legs to Candy. The feet built to look like little pink saucers to match her feathers were surgically attached while Candy slept. Worries about her reaction where quickly eased when Candy awoke following her surgery, stood up and walked off the recovery table. Making this the FIRST EVER SUCCESSFUL ARTIFICIAL LIMB REPLACEMENT IN A BIRD.
Dr Donald Harris says that "Candy was remarkable, recovering quickly and adjusting fully. Eventually she didn't need the prosthetic limbs but moved about using her wings and standing on her leg stumps. Candy passed away 7 years after the attack due to unrelated medical conditions."
Thank-you Dr Harris for allowing this exclusive follow interview. Candy the Too opened the door to advances in the use of prosthetic s in birds. We owe a great thank-you to Dr Harris's determination to go above & beyond to safe a Cockatoo's life.
with my heart filled with love
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