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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday May 18 08:37 PM

May 18, 2008: Molly

From SonnyRadio, via Bits & Pieces.

No, Virginia, they don't always shoot horses. Sometimes the horses are very rich(valuable), or very, very lucky.
Molly was the latter, in the end, but certainly not in the beginning.

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She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit southern Louisiana, USA . She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled.

While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier, and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected and her vet went to LSU for help. But LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial limb was built.

Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.


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'This was the right horse and the right owner,' Moore insists.
Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain.
The other important factor is having a truly committed owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana. The little pony gained weight, her mane felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg. The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports.

And she asks for it! She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too.' And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. 'It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse', she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. She inspires all who meet her.

'It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life', Moore said, 'She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.'
That ought to warm your cockles.


Sperlock  Sunday May 18 08:42 PM

Am I the only one who is tempted to see Molly dressed up as a pirate?



Cloud  Sunday May 18 08:50 PM

wow, that's pretty cool.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday May 18 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Sperlock View Post
Am I the only one who is tempted to see Molly dressed up as a pirate?
As long as you don't say, "Well, you can't eat a special pony all at once".


Cloud  Sunday May 18 11:08 PM

the "hoof" has a smiley face on the bottom. awwww!



hulk  Sunday May 18 11:37 PM

"Everybody wants prosthetic foreheads on their real heads."



Slight  Monday May 19 12:05 AM

Hmmm the left photo is 'shopped on the left side, all the way to the leg with the prosthesis. Also, the sky is entirely fake. I doubt the veracity of what that photo (1 of 3) is attempting to portray, mainly that a pony wears a artificial limb. I don't doubt that such a thing is possible however.

Snopes and LSU and YouTube (2 min 15 sec) agree she is real.



Cloud  Monday May 19 12:13 AM

you're right, it doesn't look like it matches the other limb. hmm. (heads off to Snopes)

ETA: "true"



sweetwater  Monday May 19 09:19 AM

A pony with a fake leg - there must a joke here somewhere about quarter horses vs. three-quarter horses, but I'm at a loss.



spudcon  Monday May 19 09:32 AM

OK Sperlock.



Imigo Jones  Monday May 19 09:34 AM

I don't care what they do in the hopelessly corrupt and political human Olympics:
May 2007: "An Amputee Sprinter: Is He Disabled or Too-Abled?"
May 2008: "Double-Amputee Allowed To Compete for Olympic Bid / Appeals Court: No Edge Gained From Blades"

Molly's bionic prosthetic will give her a 25% unfair advantage on the track , where competitors have traditionally had to get by on natural ankles. Keep horse racing untainted!



Undertoad  Monday May 19 11:40 AM

But it's okay, because the track operators will be able to tell she's bionic-enhanced when her leg gives off that bionic sound effect.



wolf  Monday May 19 03:00 PM

I'm wondering what the implications here are for a case like Barbaro ... If they'd amputated and fitted a prosthetic, would he still have been eligible for stud?



sweetwater  Monday May 19 06:04 PM

They don't need a living horse for stud, only a formerly living one. Semen is often collected from big money animals and sold for years. It's quite a business.



arallyn  Monday May 19 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by sweetwater View Post
They don't need a living horse for stud, only a formerly living one. Semen is often collected from big money animals and sold for years. It's quite a business.
Ya cant use AI for registered thoroughbreds. They have to be stood to stud using natural insemination.


DucksNuts  Monday May 19 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by arallyn View Post
Ya cant use AI for registered thoroughbreds. They have to be stood to stud using natural insemination.
You can in Australia and a lot of other countries.


Imigo Jones  Monday May 19 08:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
But it's okay, because the track operators will be able to tell she's bionic-enhanced when her leg gives off that bionic sound effect.
Haa--I know the sound you mean, UT! I didn't watch the bionic shows much, though, so I need something cleared up:
Isn't the bionic sound effect always accompanied by the bionic individual going in slow motion?

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Bionic humans running (I can hear it now . . . )

So, Molly'd be running in bionic slow motion, while the rest of the field is going regular speed, and they flash across the finish line while Molly is still creaking around the first turn? Or does the bionic sound warp all nearby time and space sufficiently that they'd all be slowed down?

The Bionic Woman now spends all her time promoting this:



Mattress makes bionic sound effect when changing firmness.


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday May 20 02:23 AM

We really don't need a mattress ad.



nil_orally  Tuesday May 20 06:34 AM

Does that make her a mattress actress?



Trilby  Tuesday May 20 07:56 AM

Mattress Actress sounds like a euphamism for PornStar.



Shawnee123  Tuesday May 20 08:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Imigo Jones View Post
Bionic humans running (I can hear it now . . . )

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Mattress makes bionic sound effect when changing firmness.
We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

Doo doo doo dooooo, do do do do do do doo doo doooo.


sweetwater  Tuesday May 20 08:50 AM

I'd like to see -errr, hear- the traditional bionic sound effect replaced with the one from the Jetson's car.



Imigo Jones  Monday May 26 02:35 PM

Bionic sound effects

Bruce, sorry if it seems that a commercial note has been introduced into the forum, but no endorsement of any Select Comfort product is implied. No pic of the Bionic Woman with the Sleep Number Bed could be found, but the image does show the bionic controls, and the "Firmer" and "Softer" labels for the two halves of the mattress suggest dramatic bionic stereo effects. There could be simultaneous ascending and descending effects--a bionic "Chopsticks," if you will.

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Doo doo doo dooooo, do do do do do do doo doo doooo.
Ol' Blue Bionic Eyes is back!

SW, the Jetson's car has a great sound! (Great theme song for the show, too; note nonbionic "Chopsticks" as "Jane, His Wife" theme [which always seemed like an insult, though, after the swanky "Daughter Judy" music].) The Jetson's engine sounded like a cross between a purr and a percolator. Maybe a speeded-up version of the sound of that Model T flying on Flubber!

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Much cooler sound effect than any on Star Trek. Could you see the Enterprise racing across the screen, and instead of that bland "swoosh," we'd get the Jetson's burble? Maybe the Flubber jalopy's gurgle for the Enterprise's shuttlecraft.



"Burble-burble-burble-burble . . ."
"Gurgle-gurgle *wheeze* splutter bubble-bubble *sproing* gurgle . . ."



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