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'Wonky' donkey gets new foot for Christmas

Hector walking Image copyright Animal Welfare of Luxor
Image caption Hector is being cared for by Animal Welfare of Luxor

An abandoned donkey missing one of his feet is walking again thanks to a human prosthetic leg donated from the UK.

Hector the donkey was dumped outside an animal welfare centre in Luxor, Egypt, and had not walked for four months.

His new foot was made using spare parts of a prosthetic leg donated to Legs4Africa, a Leicestershire-based charity.

It usually donates prosthetics to human amputees in Africa, but Hector is the first animal to be helped.

Tom Williams, the charity's founder, said it was "fantastic to see Hector walking for Christmas".

Image copyright Animal Welfare of Luxor
Image caption Georgie Hollis said Hector is so tiny he would have fitted in the boot of a car before being dumped

A donkey in Hector's condition would usually be left to die, or killed humanely.

However, Hector appeared to be happy despite being lame, so Animal Welfare of Luxor (AWOL) decided to help him.

Georgie Hollis, a wound specialist with a background in biomechanics, built the new foot after AWOL contacted equine medicine expert Prof Derek Knottenbelt OBE.

"He's a friend of mine and he's a bit of a legend really, or a leg-end," said Miss Hollis.

"He sent me an email saying 'Georgie, we must be able to do something for this donkey'."

Image copyright Animal Welfare of Luxor
Image caption Hector could stand but could not walk, and spent most of his time sitting on the floor
Image copyright Legs4Africa
Image caption Legs4Africa donated parts that are usually discarded from waste prosthetic legs

Miss Hollis suspects Hector lost his foot after being tethered by his leg, cutting off the circulation.

"We are trying to save him from being a wonky donkey, which would be the end of it for him really," said Miss Hollis.

"Hector is just one of a lot of donkeys that need lots of help. There are more donkeys used around the world for transport than there are cars."

AWOL fitted the new foot, but Miss Hollis will visit Hector herself in a month or so to fit him with a permanent foot.

"I will cast his leg and make him one that's more permanent, breathable, lightweight and sporty," she said.


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