Buttercup was born with a backwards foot and had to have it amputated so a new high-tech foot is being molded.

A duck born with it’s left foot turned backwards will receive a 3D printed replacement after it had to be amputated earlier this year. Since the foot needs to be flexible, the 3D printed version is actually a mold that will be filled with silicone. Once completed, the foot will be attached to the duck’s leg using a silicone sheath.

Buttercup, who has born last November, lives at the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary. Owner Mike Garey is working with Dr. Shannon McGee to create the new foot using the latest technology in 3D modeling and printing.

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