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Zoo sticks its neck out to give baby giraffe a leg up to survival

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Zoo sticks its neck out to give baby giraffe a leg up to survival

San Diego Zoo resident receives a leg brace to correct limb disorder which could have cost the animal her life

Jane Ross

A three-month-old giraffe at the San Diego Zoo has received a leg brace to correct limb abnormalities.

The female calf, named Msituni, was fitted with a custom orthotic brace on her front leg to correct a hyperextension of the carpi, bones equivalent to those in the human wrist, that made it difficult for her to stand and walk.

The zoo worked with a company which usually makes orthotics and prosthetics for humans to make the custom brace for Msituni...

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