Tuesday, 29 Jun, 2010 Science

World's First Cat with Bionic Paws


A black cat named Oscar, has had an accident earlier this year and was left with two legs. However, Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinary surgeon, came up with an idea to create two bionic paws for the cat.

Not only did the bionic paws allow the cat to walk again, but they also made Oscar the world's first bionic cat.

But giving bionic paws to the cat was a difficult task. For the process, the surgeon needed the prototype developed by Professor Gordon Blunn from the University College London.

In order to attach the prosthetic limbs, the surgeon firstly implanted the prosthetic pegs that connect to the surrounding skin and bone. After implanting the pegs, the latter stick out from the stump pockets, allowing the bionic limbs to be attached, informs Switched.

Fitzpatrick said: "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." It is very possible that in the near future people will also be able to benefit from such technology.

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