SeaWorld Orlando builds brace to fix whale's scoliosis

Animal experts hope whale will be able to swim normally

ORLANDO, Fla. - SeaWorld's animal rescue team has fitted a once-stranded pilot whale with a first-of-its-kind orthopedic brace to help straighten the whale's spine.

Animal experts at SeaWorld Orlando said they worked with Jewett Orthopedic to design the custom-fitted brace to treat the whale's scoliosis.

The brace can be slowly adjusted over time as the whale undergoes physical therapy, SeaWorld said.

SeaWorld hopes the brace will eventually straighten the whale's spine and tail, allowing it to swim normally.

SeaWorld said this is the first time a custom orthopedic device like this has been used on an animal of this size.

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