A miniature donkey named Ferguson got a hand — actually part of a leg — from UW-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine recently.

Ferguson showed up at Holyland Donkey Haven, a donkey rescue center east of Fond du Lac, with a front left hoof was so disfigured it had formed a large abscess. At the School of Veterinary Medicine, veterinarian Samantha Morello amputated the hoof, and a prosthetist fitted him with an artificial limb. Now Ferguson is back on his feet and recovering.

It was the first amputation with a prosthesis at UW’s large animal hospital, Morello said. Amputations on large animals such as horses and donkeys, who bear more weight, especially in their front limbs, are more complicated and rarely are done.