How One Little Dolphin Learned To Swim Again
On Sale: October 1, 2009
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Non-Fiction Pet-Lover | Childrens
Winter is a dolphin. Just over two years ago, when she
was a baby, she was rescued from a crab trap, her tail
seriously damaged. Winter was rushed to Clearwater Marine
Aquarium, a marine animal hospital. It wasn't clear that she
would survive. She did, but eventually the tail fell off and
Winter compensated by swimming more like a fish than a
dolphin which was seriously damaging her spine. But for the
last year, Winter has been learning how to use a prosthetic
tail. The idea came from a company that makes prosthetics
for humans. It was very challenging but Winter is thriving
and using her new tail with great command. The word has
gotten out about Winter. Visitors are traveling in droves to
Clearwater to visit Winter who has become an inspiration to
adults and children alike, especially to children who are
amputees themselves. The tale doesn't end there. The special
technology used for Winter's prosthetic tail is being used
to develop prosthetics for Iraq war veterans who have
especially sensitive injuries.
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