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Frisco the duck is jumping the Tasman in hopes of a 3D printed prosthetic leg.

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Frisco with his stump wrapped up  Kim Hartley, Uninhibited Ducks

A Christchurch duck is travelling to Wellington for surgery on his stump and to potentially receive a 3D printed prosthetic leg.

Frisco was rescued by Uninhibited Ducks early last year when they found him with one leg.  On their facebook page, the rehabilitation centre say he fought to survive and is now stable and living a happy life in the duck sanctuary.  

Uninhibited Ducks owner Kim Hartley says Frisco will receive surgery in Wellington and if Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust raises the $1600 they need for a 3D printer then he will get a prosthetic leg. 

On their give-a-little page, Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust said being able to make their own prosthetics could help with native bird conservation as well.  "We care for a number of ducks with missing limbs. Prosthetic limbs could help our ducks in a range of ways. This includes improving mobility issues and reduces complications related to amputations."

Kim Hartley said a wildlife rehab centre having its own 3D printer could drastically improve animal rescue.

Frisco leaves for Wellington on the PetBus later this week.

Frisco the one legged duck