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While some Americans can't get medically necessary health care, a few lucky animals receive just what they need from wildlife conservation centers every year. In March, a sandhill crane underwent surgery by a facility in Abbotsford, British Columbia, after his leg was shattered on a golf course. Doctors tried several surgeries, then amputated the leg, and fitted the crane with a prosthesis that allows balance-preserving mobility. In February, Suma Aqualife Park near Kobe, Japan, fitted a 190-pound loggerhead turtle with rubber fins kept in place by a vest — to replace fins damaged in what doctors guessed was a shark attack.

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