An alligator named 'Mr. Stubbs' got a prosthetic tail over the weekend, said to be the world’s first, reports KPNX-TV (video below).
Mr. Stubbs was confiscated by officials years ago because of an Arizona law that makes owning alligators illegal.
Mr. Stubbs’ name comes from his lack of a tail, which causes him to swim with a kind of dog paddle.
The Phoenix Herpetological Society came up with an idea for a prosthetic tail, which was modeled on the carcass of an alligator similar in size to Mr. Stubbs, crafted to mimic a real alligator tail.
The orange float is an aid for Mr. Stubbs until he gets used to his new tail.
"So if we, if we get him just to relax a little bit to where he's confident in it, because memory is there. When he was a baby and instinctively it's there. It's just, he's been without it for so long that he has to adjust to this," said Russ Johnson of the Phoenix Herpetological Society.