SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Meet Mr. Stubbs. He is going to need a new name.
The injured alligator has a new lease on life after being fitted with a prosthetic tail.
The unfortunately-named Mr. Stubbs was missing his tail when he arrived in Phoenix, Arizona.
American alligators normally are good swimmers, but without a tail, Stubbs was in danger of drowning. He got a prosthetic tail but it took over a year to develop, since false Alligator tails are not an off-the-shelf item. The final step was creating a harness to attach the new tail without creating pressure points.
Mr. Stubbs is adapting to his new balance in the water, but after almost eight years he needs to be 'untaught' the dog paddle he has used to adapt, so he can swim like a normal alligator.
That may take another year.