GRANVILLE, Ohio, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- An Ohio orthotist said she outfitted a reindeer that lost its leg due to an infection with a prosthetic limb.
Kathy Simmons said she thought someone was playing a joke on her when a Granville woman called her office near Reynoldsburg and asked if she was able to make a prosthetic leg for a reindeer, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported Monday.
"I never even knew reindeer were domesticated," she said. "Of course I thought she was kidding."
Simmons said she made an appointment but was shocked when the woman actually showed up with a three-legged deer.
The owner, who asked not to be named, said the reindeer had a bone infection when she purchased him in December and had to have the lower part of his front left leg amputated.
Simmons said she and prosthetist Joe Nye created a 20-inch-long prosthetic with a hoof-like round bottom and fitted the artificial limb to the deer for the first time Sunday.
"He's a high-tech critter," Nye said.