STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A baby goat in Steamboat Springs has beat the odds several times and is now recovering from frostbite.
Izzy was born the smaller of twins during -25 degree weather in January. A nutrition problem created muscle paralysis in his back legs, causing him to lose them to frostbite that first night.
That’s when Rory Clow stepped in, and convinced Izzy’s owner to allow her to adopt and rehabilitate the goat. Clow built custom braces to stretch the muscles and Izzy learned to walk on all four legs.
Then, frostbite struck again, and Izzy lost his back legs from the shin down. He taught himself to walk on two legs, and Clow taught him to walk on four once again, though he could not feel the back two.
After surgery removed the dead legs, prosthetics were attached and Izzy was walking on four.
Clow says Izzy is making enormous strides, and walked 600 feet on his stubs with the help of his prosthetics and a brace on Monday.
Clow knows that Izzy will need larger prosthetics in the future, as he is only 9 lbs but could grow to 200 lbs. She has set up a GoFundMe page to gather donations for the goat’s medical bills and permanent adult prosthetics, which she estimates cost about $1500 each.