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  A handy solution for lame seagull
Updated 08 July 2004, 17.19
The Seagull with dolls hand for a leg
Martha the Turkish seagull has found a handy solution to a nasty leg wound.

She was found in a flap by a yacht crew who took her to a local vet. Unable to save the badly torn leg, the vet decided to cut it off to save her life.

The crew, inspired by peg-leg pirates, decided to try and replace her lost limb with a false one.

They bought two dolls, one Barbie and one big-handed plastic doll and made a new leg and foot for Martha to hop about on.

Give her a big hand: Martha's a big hit with tourists!
Give her a big hand: Martha's a big hit with tourists!

The Barbie leg has made Martha's new leg and the other doll's hand makes a great foot.

Onur Atalay, a crew member on the Yacht is pleased with their solution for Martha's problem.

He says: "Now it can walk and even runs." Martha spends her days hanging about the yacht being fed by the tourists in the area and splashing about in the sea with the crew.

She's settled down over the last few weeks with her new leg and while she's learning to fly again she seems happy enough with her new sea legs!



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