Donkey receives first of his kind amputation and prosthetic limb at UW School of Veterinary Medicine

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A 10-year old miniature donkey has quite the story to tell. Ferguson is making history for University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

"His favorite food is a carrot, the fancy carrots with the green tops," said Dr. Samantha Morello with UW School of Veterinary Medicine. "Here's his prosthesis. We covered it with a little bit of tape just to keep some of the shavings from getting down in it but it's made of carbon fiber so it's really strong and it's really, really light... He's one of a kind for us here because he's the first large animal equine species, they're related to horses, donkeys, that we've done an amputation and prosthesis on."

Ferguson was rescued from a salvage yard and was severely neglected.

"His leg, it looked like a moth-eaten loaf of bread because the bone was so chronically deformed and infected," said Morello.

Thanks to his team at the vet school, UW Health's Orthotics and Prosthetics Clinic, Hanger Clinic, other industry professionals and Angela Langoski with Holyland Donkey Haven, he's healing.

"It makes me feel like I'm on top of the world! It is such a good feeling," said Langoski.

"If you could interview him, I'm sure he would have a lot to say about his journey as well and the people he's met and the stuff that he's done. But he's been a staple in the hospital for the past month and a half and, as great as it will be to send him home, it'll also be sad to see him go," said Morello.

Ferguson will likely stay at Holyland Donkey Haven for a while, if not forever. Holyland Donkey Haven is a non-profit donkey rescue and sanctuary located in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin.