Prosthetic tail created for Phoenix alligator

National

An alligator is swimming a little smoother all thanks to a new tail.

Mr. Stubbs came to the Phoenix Animal Rescue without a tail and likely lost it to the bite of another gator.

Researchers and doctors came together to make him a prosthetic tail.

“Once we put a tail on him, he could start to feed more normally. He really started to grow rapidly. It’s one of the ways we knew we were doing the right thing for him,” said Russ Johnson of the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

It turns out, Mr.Stubbs has been swimming without a tail for eight years so he learned to doggie-paddle.

Now they want him to learn to swim like a normal alligator.

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