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23rd October 2007. Clearwater, Florida. 'Flipper's Fishy Tale'. A major US prosthetic limb manufacturer has come to the aid of a dolphin in need. Prosthetic experts, Hanger Orthopedic Group, who normally tackle the toughest human amputation cases offered to make a tail for 'Winter', an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Two years ago, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium rescued Winter, after she became tangled in a crab trap. She was dehydrated and near death and the trap line had cut off circulation to her tail. The veterinarians had to amputate. The aquarium is now teaching Winter how to use her new tail, which has to be updated as the young dolphin grows. Pictured is Head Trainer, Abby Stone. PHOTO © JOHN CHAPPLE / REBEL IMAGES.Tel: 310 570 9100..
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