In the hierarchy of birds, ducks are simultaneously wonderful and somehow underrated. Not only do our flat-billed pals fall into the 3 percent of all birds that actually have external genitalia (duck penises are quite frightening, actually), but some North American species actually practice monogamy. (Aw.)
So it's especially great that this little fella, nicknamed Buttercup, is being given a leg up in life, so to speak. After Buttercup was rescued by the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary, it was discovered that he was born with a deformed nub for a foot. To fix the problem, his rescuers scanned a copy of his sister Minnie's intact foot, and printed out a prosthetic for him using a 3D printer. Now, Buttercup can waddle around like a normal bird. Note how happy he is when he quacks at the 11-second mark:
(Via Boing Boing)
- How does chocolate milk stack up as a sports drink?
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- How did Love Actually become so controversial? A theory
- This is the twistiest tongue twister ever, says science
- Cul-de-sacs are killing America
- Was the sign-language interpreter at the Mandela memorial faking it?
- Which professions have the most psychopaths?
- The last racial taboo
- The 10 worst-reviewed movies of 2013
- How the Great Recession has changed the way we shop — even during the holidays
Subscribe to the Week