Bagpipes lost his leg in 2007 when he became entangled in a fisherman’s net off the New Zealand coast. He now spends his days at the International Antarctic Centre, in New Zealand’s Christchurch. Earlier this week he was fitted with a 3D-printed prosthetic leg, made for him by Don Clucas, a senior lecturer in design and manufacturing at the University of Canterbury.
Bagpipes the penguin gets new prosthetic foot after nine years waddling with a stump.
After his first outing with the new foot Wednesday, Clucas says there are a few more adjustments to be made before it’s perfect.
While the foot is made from plastic, he plans to add rubber grips, as well as a better clip to keep the foot on.
Keepers at the zoo describe Bagpipes as the center’s “resident bad boy” but added that he has a “soft streak”. And he certainly looks happy with his new foot.