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Reindeer fitted with artificial leg

Feb. 1, 2010 at 2:23 PM

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.

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