(The Tennessean) -- For the first time in his life, Buttercup can walk like any other duck.
At 9 p.m. Sunday, Buttercup's owner, Mike Garey, placed a prosthetic on his "peg" after a long process to help him walk normally.
was pretty much overcome with emotion, it was so thrilling," Garey
said. "I was happy it worked, but I was so much more happy for
Buttercup. You could tell he was so comfortable."
Last week, Garey received the 3-D printed prototype for the prosthetic and the materials to make it.
can be seen on the Feathered Angels Sanctuary's YouTube channel walking like any
other duck, but with a bright orange contraption on his left leg.
said he was afraid Buttercup would be scared at first and wouldn't
react well to the new prosthetic. He was amazed when Buttercup took off
running after only a few minutes.
"His leg is taller than it used
to be when he just had the peg," Garey said. "His muscles will have to
adjust, but I'm amazed at how well he's doing right off the bat."
was born in a high school biology lab and was given to Garey at the
Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary in Arlington, Tenn. His left foot
was backward, and he could hardly walk.
In February, a veterinarian amputated Buttercup's foot while Garey began looking into prosthetic options.
He developed a design and sent the files to Joel Graves, a 3-D printing engineer at NovaCopy in Nashville.