disabled cat
by Ashlee Piper
Categories: Animals, Science.

Her name is Flipper, and now, thanks to some caring animal lovers and high school robotics enthusiasts, she can (almost) be faster than lightening.

The fiesty little cat was born with a twisted spinal cord that made walking and sitting upright nearly impossible.  And while she scooted around pretty effectively, when the folks at the Aspen Park Vet Hospital in Colorado received her at three weeks old, they knew that cats who can’t use their back legs usually get put to sleep.

“We just felt so bad for Flipper, who had to drag her legs behind her as she made her way around the clinic,” said Dr. Harry Gurney.

In an awesome and unexpected move, Dr. Gurney teamed up with the Blitz Robotic Club at Conifer High School and gave them a challenge: Build a device to help little Flip get around.

Through 3-D imaging and many prototypes, the Robotic Club finally hit on the right “cat-traption.” Sure, there’s some duct tape and Popsicle sticks, but it’s given Flipper a new lease on life.  Watch as she tears through the Clinic:

They’re hoping that the apparatus will build Flipper’s leg strength so she can one day get around without it. Once she’s healed, she will be ready for adoption.

And while Flipper might not be ready for a forever home, there are thousands of other special-needs cats just like her who are.  Visit them here.

Via KDVR Colorado

About Ashlee Piper

Ashlee Piper is a governmental strategist, social worker, and holistic health counselor and owner of All Is Wellness, a boutique plant-based wellness consultancy.  She is also Community Manager for the Vegucated Schoolhouse Community, where she assists hundreds of veg-curious people in transitioning to a more healthful and compassionate lifestyle.  Her writing can also be seen in Reader’s Digest, Get Vegucated, Girlie Girl Army, and via her own vegan lifestyle and recipe blog, The Little Foxes.  When she’s not writing, she enjoys volunteering with HEART and local shelters, whipping up vegan feasts, and spending time along Lake Michigan with her two rescue dogs, Banjo and Theo.

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