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California bull brought to UT for lifesaving surgery

(WBIR) Doctors at the University of Tennessee performed surgery Wednesday to try and save the life of a young bull.

One-year-old Dudley had his leg amputated by surgeons at UT's Large Animal Hospital. He was brought from California after being referred to doctors at UT.

Doctors said it was a life threatening injury for the bull, but not every animal is able to receive the care.

Surgeons said it depends on the condition of the limb and more importantly the ability of the caretakers.

"This is something that has to be taken off and cleaned every single day. The limb has to be inspected to make sure he's not getting sores and what not. Needs to be monitor. So managing an animal with a prosthetic limb is very much a labor of love," Dr. David Anderson said.

Doctors also assembled a temporary prosthetic made of fiber glass material and wood. This will help Dudley start to rebuild his muscles.

A permanent prosthetic leg for the bull will arrive in the next 30 days or so.


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