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your daily dose of big sappy moosh: Oscar the bionic kitty 
25th-Jun-2010 01:05 pm
ohh shiny
A cat whose hind feet were amputated in an agricultural accident has been given revolutionary prosthetic implants. Meet Oscar, the bionic kitty:

A cat that had its back feet severed by a combine harvester has been given two prosthetic limbs in a pioneering operation by a UK vet.

The new feet are custom-made implants that "peg" the ankle to the foot. They are bioengineered to mimic the way deer antler bone grows through the skin.

The operation - a world first - was carried out by Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinary surgeon based in Surrey.

His work is explored in a BBC documentary called The Bionic Vet.

The cat, named Oscar, was referred to Mr Fitzpatrick by his local vet in Jersey, following the accident last October. Oscar was struck by the combine harvester whilst dozing in the sun.
More here.

According to some of the discussion I've read about this, the new technology is intended eventually to be used for humans, but they had the sensible idea of trying it out on animals who actually needed it (rather than amputating parts of limbs from otherwise healthy animals).

I particularly like the moment where the vet has a big smile on his face and you can tell he's trying not to start crying.

"He's just the best kitty in the world..."

I'd grant "the best kitty in the world outside of Oakland", maybe... *grin*
25th-Jun-2010 08:24 pm (UTC) - Huzzah for wobbly leg bits!
Oh thankee so much for sharing that video. That was wonderfully uplifting. Huzzah for Oscar!
25th-Jun-2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
It's good to see some good news once in a while.
26th-Jun-2010 02:12 am (UTC)
YAY! That made me all teary....
26th-Jun-2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Some updated footage of the bionic cat.

26th-Jun-2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Ohh, look at him just trucking around almost as if nothing had happened. Aww. And I laughed out loud when they discreetly ended the video when he went into the litterbox. :-D
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