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Prosthetic leg sought for duck after fox attack

Faith, a Mallard duck who lost her leg to a fox attack last year, is shown in Gardiner, Maine, on Oct. 25, 2019. Loni Hamner, who recently adopted Faith, is trying to arrange for her to be fitted with a prosthetic leg. (AP Photo/Loni Hamner)

Faith, a Mallard duck who lost her leg to a fox attack last year, is shown in Gardiner, Maine, on Oct. 25, 2019. Loni Hamner, who recently adopted Faith, is trying to arrange for her to be fitted with a prosthetic leg. (AP Photo/Loni Hamner)

GARDINER, Maine — It looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and — if it gets a prosthetic leg — will once again walk like a duck.

Loni Hamner, of Gardiner, recently adopted a female Mallard duck that was left with one leg and a stump after being attacked by a fox last year. Hamner says the duck she’s named Faith can hop and hobble around, but she wants her “to have a good, duck quality of life and do all the things ducks like to do.”

The Bangor Daily News reports that a query on the Maine Poultry Connection Facebook page led Hamner to the University of Maine Advanced Structure and Composites Center.

Lab manager Paul Bussiere says he’ll create a prosthetic leg for Faith for free in his spare time.

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