World’s First Bionic Cat?

bioniccatOscar, a British black cat had a terrible farming accident involving a combine harvester and lost both of his rear paws and part of his legs last October.

Oscar was taken to Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinarian in Surrey.  Working with a team from University College London led by Professor Gordon Blunn,  Mr Fitzpatrick was able to create prosthetic legs called intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics, or itaps. Mr Fitzpatrick states:

“We have managed to get the bone and skin to grow into the implant and we have developed an ‘exoprosthesis’ that allows this implant to work as a see-saw on the bottom of an animal’s limbs to give him effectively normal gait.”

Click through for a video of Oscar and be sure to catch Noel Fitzpatrick in a BBC documentary called The Bionic Vet, airing June 30 on BBC One.

(BBC) via (PopSci)

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