One small step for man, one big step for penguin-kind.

A one-footed penguin at Christchurch Antarctic Centre named Bagpipes has been fitted with a prototype 3D-printed foot after losing his own to a fishing line.

Penguin keeper Mal Hackett said Bagpipes often got pressure wounds on the bottom of his stump, so the foot would help take the weight off.

"Hopefully we can get him rehabilitated using his foot normally as he would, instead of over-compensating, and using his feet and his flippers."

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She said one of the other keepers' partners worked with Don Clucas at the University of Canterbury, so they put their heads together to make the little blue penguin a foot.