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Amputee dog gets four prosthetic legs

A handicapped dog walks with the help of a prosthesis during the annual Dachshund Parade in Krakow, Poland on Sept. 2 last year.

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A mixed-breed puppy had a tough start to life after losing all four of his paws and the tip of his tail to frostbite.

Naki’o was left abandoned at a foreclosed Nebraska home when he was a young puppy and was found alone, frozen into a puddle of icy water in the cellar.

He was taken to an animal rescue center and under their care his paws healed to rounded stumps.

It was a tough existence for Naki’o, not being able to walk and play with other dogs due to the pain it caused him, instead he had to crawl along on his belly.

Fortunately for Naki’o he meet veterinarian assistant Christie Pace. She adopted Naki’o when he was eight-weeks-old and then set about organizing a fundraiser to pay for him to have his two back legs fitted with prosthetics.

He took to these so enthusiastically, that the company who fitted them decided to complete the process free of charge.

“When we saw how good he was doing with his back leg prosthetics and how he was struggling to use his front legs it was very simple to say, “He could do much better with all four prosthetics on,” said Martin Kaufmann, owner of Orthopets, a Denver company that specializes in pet prosthetics.

Naki’o is the first dog to be fitted with a complete set of bionic paws that work naturally to allow him to run, jump and even swim.(Liberty Times)







專門從事寵物義肢的丹佛公司Orthopets老闆馬丁.考夫曼說:「當我們看到牠使用後腿義肢的情況良好,而牠又是如何掙扎地使用前腿時,就一句話 —『裝上所有四個義肢牠會表現得更好。』」


1. set about v. phr.

著手;開始 (zhuo2 shou3; kai1 shi3)

例: After breakfast, she set about doing her household duties.


2. take to v. phr.

適應;開始從事 (shi4 ying4; kai1 shi3 cong2 shi4)

例: He took to studying English with great zeal.


3. free of charge adj. phr.

免費 (mian3 fei4)

例: If the materials are found to have any flaws, we will replace it free of charge.




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