Hero The Calf is as brave as his name suggests. After being rejected by his mother at birth, the calf was neglected by his original owners, then left outside to freeze shortly after he was born last winter. Fortunately, Hero survived four days of laying frozen to the ground in a Virginia field. Unfortunately, he endured severe frostbite and had to have both of his back hooves amputated.
But, thanks to a team of veterinary surgeons in Texas, Hero is able to walk again. At the start of the year, vets at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Hospital outfitted Hero with a pair of prosthetic legs, making him the hospital's first bovine recipient of such technology. Ashlee Watts, one of the vets who performed surgery on Hero, says the calf is on an impressive path to full recovery.
"He's been in these prosthetics since the first of the year and he's doing very well in them," Watts told KBTX. "He's up and walking around, lays down, eats his hay, chews his cud just like a normal cow."