In Houston, there lives a dragon. Strong of spirit, species of komodo, this dragon was also weak of body. After spotting Smaug walking in an unusual manner, zookeepers made the dragon a paw prosthetic, because nothing in the universe is greater than a cyborg dragon.
Smaug’s prosthetic was made with help from the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at Baylor College of Medicine. Jared Howell, director of the program, said in a statement about Smaug:
The researchers took casts of Smaug and then fitted him with a pair of flexible devices, letting Smaug relearn to walk on his palm again. With the devices, Smaug joins the club of amputee cat Oscar and Derby, the dog with 3-D printed legs. It is a cool club.
Watch a video of Smaug eating an ostrich egg below. At about 50 seconds, you can see Smaug place his right knuckles down instead of his palm. Hopefully with his prosthetic, the next time he gets an Easter ostrich treat, he’ll be able to eat it properly: