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A little hope and a lot of determination gets disabled cow on its feet again

John Campbell

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Makes me fell good that there are caring people like this out in the world.

When we first met "Hero" in the spring of 2013he was just three-months old.

He wanted to stand, but couldn't after a frost had robbed him of his rear hooves and part of his back legs.

Fast-forward to today.

"He's using them like they're real!"

Now, at almost 16-months old and 700-pounds, "Hero" has new vantage point - thanks to one woman.

"I'm known as the crazy cow lady and I'll take that honorably. If this is crazy, then I'll do it everyday of my life -he was worth it," says Kitty Martin of the Selah Ranch All Animal Rescue.

Martin and her husband, Rick have just brought "Hero" back to Virginia after a first of its kind surgery at Texas A&M Veterinary College.

That surgery made it possible to fit Hero with state of the art prostethics.

Explains Martin, "They're titanium steel and carbon fiber. They adjust in height, width, pitch. They will last him longer than the other ones. He's had 3 sets of legs so far and he's only 15months old."

"Hero" can now get around on his own and is figuring out what works and what doesn't when it comes to his new legs.

"They came out and tweaked them again and now I think he's at that very comfortable stage in these now," says Martin as "Hero" sniffs the camera lens.

In the meantime, he attracts a lot of attention- whether it's from people on the street or even a national cable channel which recently featured him in an upcoming documentary.

The Martins hope he'll eventually be used as service animal to inspire wounded warriors and children with special needs.