Lost limb? No problem. How animals thrive with three legs
Meet some inspiring animals that get around just fine, even minus a leg.
When you have four legs, losing one isn’t always a big deal.
The natural world is filled with examples of three-legged deer, lions, tigers, and other animals that thrive in the wild, even without human intervention.
In 2007, for instance, a three-legged moose was seen in Anchorage, Alaska, nursing a large and healthy calf. And that same year, camera trap photos revealed a healthy three-legged Sumatran tiger in Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park.
But how do they do it?
It turns out that quadrupeds, the scientific term for four-legged animals, are far more resilient than humans when it comes to losing a limb. In some cases, the lack of a leg amounts to little more than a mild inconvenience.
Why? Because animals have