Tuesday, January 26, 1999 Published at 22:51 GMT
Science smiles on 'bionic' falcon
Bracken shows off her artificial leg
Medical skill has provided a peg leg for a peregrine falcon and saved the bird's love life.
It was taken to the New Forest Owl Sanctuary where it was christened Bracken and nursed back to health.
He said: "I've got a peregrine falcon, can you put a foot on it for me?"
'Fits like a shoe'
After dismissing the idea of pinning the new limb to the bird's leg, he made a plaster mould from which he was able to construct a silicon leg which slips onto the stump like a shoe.
Mr Berry said: "Because it's a female we need it for breeding. Without the foot it can't balance and they need to balance to be able to mate."
But Bracken is not the only bird benefiting from medical advances.
A rare Siberian eagle owl called Boris has had his sight restored following a two-and-a-half-hour cataract operation using lasers. The operation on the 20-year-old creature's eyes is thought to be a world first for the species.
It was paid for by an appeal which raised £2,000 in just two weeks.