OSHKOSH, Wis (WBAY) — The story of a duck in Wisconsin has captured a lot of people’s hearts.
Phillip the duck was adopted by Vicki Rabe-Harrison, after losing his feet to frostbite.
“There was a girl that had to move out of her home that had goats and chickens and ducks and all sort of critters,” she said, “and there was a picture of Phillip with his feet all curled up and dried because they had frozen.”
He was about to be put down, when Mr. Jischke, an engineering teacher at South Park Middle School in Oshkosh, stepped in.
“I immediately called Vicki from class and I said, ‘Vicki, I’m making feet right now! Hold off, hold off,” said Jischke.
KXAN’s sister station, WBAY, was there as Phillip took his first steps with his new 3D printed feet on Friday and now – just three days later, he’s using them.
“Our vet has already called us and said, I can’t wait to see him, I just can’t wait,” said Brandon Herbst.
Phillip is getting used to his new feet, and his new home with Brandon and Alyssa Herbst, who run an animal sanctuary.
“It’s really important to us that we give exceptional care to each of our animals in our sanctuary,” said Alyssa Herbst.
Phillip isn’t the only one there.
“We have about 15 to 20 active volunteers right now,” said Alyssa Herbst, “then we probably have about 30 or so who are able to come sometimes.”
Phillip’s current fee and just temporary. The Herbst’s are hoping a college engineering department can come up with a permanent solution for Phillip’s flippers.