A kind-hearted costume designer gave this butterfly an incredible wing transplant

You don't see this every day.

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  • It takes a steady hand to become an expert seamstress, but an even steadier hand if the fabrics you're joining together are actually delicate monarch butterfly wings.

  • But that's what costume designer Romy McCloskey did. Lucky for us, she documented the entire experience on Facebook.

  • McCloskey explains that the butterfly is only three days old, and was born with the wing defect you see in the photo below.

  • The patient. Sweet boy had a damaged upper and lower wings.

    Posted by Romy McCloskey on Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • She used a clothes hanger to secure the butterfly before she cut away the damaged wing. "Don't worry," she writes, "it doesn't hurt. It's like trimming hair or nails."

  • Securing the little guy down with the bent hanger, as I cut away the damaged pieces. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt. It's like trimming hair or nails.

    Posted by Romy McCloskey on Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • The damaged pieces of wings.

    Posted by Romy McCloskey on Sunday, January 7, 2018
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  • She collected the butterfly's new wing from another butterfly who had died previously.

  • The operating room. Towel, scissors, tweezers, talc, contact cement, toothpick and my sweet girl who died earlier last week (for wings.)

    Posted by Romy McCloskey on Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • A little bit of contact cement later, and voila! Installation complete. McCloskey explains that the white smudges you see on the right wing are just talc powder, which she used to make sure any stray glue didn't cause both wings to stick together.

  • Ta-da! He's finished! You can see that the black lines in is upper right wing don't match up 100%, and if you look at...

    Posted by Romy McCloskey on Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • Surgery was over; but the real question remained: Could he fly?

  • Flight day!!!!

    Posted by Romy McCloskey on Tuesday, January 9, 2018
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  • A quick rest, and then he was off!

    Posted by Romy McCloskey on Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • The answer is yes.

  • "We had a successful flight! A quick spin around the backyard, then a little rest on on [sic] of the bushes... then ... off he flew! My heart soared with him, for sure," McCloskey said.

  • Her story has since gone viral, gaining the attention of The Washington post, Newsweek, Buzzfeed, TheDodo and plenty of others. A successful wing transplant on a monarch butterfly ... now that's something you don't see every day.

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David Snell is a writer for the FamilyShare team. He's trilingual (English, Spanish and Movie Quotes). He's got a BA in communications and is married to one incredibly fantastic girl.

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