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Dolphin Receives Prosthetic Fluke

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Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070302/sc_nm/japan_dolphin_dc

TOKYO, March 2 (Reuters Life!) - A Japanese dolphin is squealing with delight after receiving a prosthetic tail to replace one amputated due to a skin disease.

Fuji's handlers at the Churaumi Aquarium in Japan's southern most island of Okinawa say the fake tail may have saved her life as she had put on dangerous amounts of weight from being inactive after she lost her tail.

"Because she was not exercising enough (after her tail was amputated) she gained weight and from blood samples we took we realized that her cholesterol levels were too high. We then were afraid that this might trigger other diseases so we had to come up with something," handler Masaya Koami said.

The tail was custom made for Fuji by a friend of the handler who works at Japan's leading tire company Bridgestone.

The rubber prosthetic device is slightly smaller than the tail of a dolphin of Fuji's size. It is made of material used for Formula One race car tires and the black silicon rubber was reinforced with artificial bone made of carbon-fiber.

Sponge rubber was used for parts that come directly in contact with Fuji's skin.

Bridgestone said they spent at least 10 million yen (about $83,000) to develop and produce the fin.

As for Fuji, the freedom that it brought her is priceless. After initially being frightened of it, the dolphin now leaps and swims with vigor.

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wow! how cool is that?

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Guest bearlover

:) I would like to see that done with horses, in place of putting them down for a broken leg! :)

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Amazing ... I never realised the US military received its health service funding from Japan <_<

Hey Muz. I don't see the connection here. What has a Japanese dolphin's prosthetic tail have to do with the U.S. military?

With the SNAFU at Walter Reed, maybe I'm being a little sensitive, although not taking jabs at you. Sorry about that my friend

Just for the record, as a veteran that has had to use the VA facilities, and still does, I - and ALL veterans that I have talked to - think that we have the best veterans medical treatment and facilities in the world - but then, we do acknowledge that we are somewhat prejudiced.

(For those of you that don't know, SNAFU is military lingo for: SITUATION NORMAL, ALL messed UP

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Amazing ... I never realised the US military received its health service funding from Japan <_<

Hey Muz. I don't see the connection here. What has a Japanese dolphin's prosthetic tail have to do with the U.S. military?

Whoops. Sorry Muz. I jumped the gun here getting defensive. Upon re-reading the title of this thread, I see the connection. Darn, first time I've ever done that. :) My apologizes.

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Amazing ... I never realised the US military received its health service funding from Japan <_<

Hey Muz. I don't see the connection here. What has a Japanese dolphin's prosthetic tail have to do with the U.S. military?

That's OK Jim, I asked myself the same question ;)

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Nah, Muz. It was the old "If humans have the technology to send a man to the moon ..."

Not trying to imply anything more. Your observation is quite accurate.

-m-

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Horse with prosthetic leg.........http://www.oandp.com/edge/issues/articles/NEWS_2002-09-27_01.asp

I think this has been done a couple of times now. There is another link here......http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/01/08/news/californian/1_7_0422_13_16.txt

Don't know if I would put a bet on them though :lol: :lol:

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I was in Walter Reed for 6 months. Im not sure what all the fuss is about lately. But I had nothing but the best treatment while I was there. Best hospital I've ever been to.

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The VA has some of the finest facilities in the country and are building even more.

Hi Joe,

Is this your opinion? How many VA facilities have you been to? The VA also has a lot of problems.

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The VA has some of the finest facilities in the country and are building even more.

Hi Joe,

Is this your opinion? How many VA facilities have you been to? The VA also has a lot of problems.

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