Robokitty!

Via Rebound Hounds, a story about Oscar the cat, whose back feet had to be amputated after a combine – yes, a combine – ran over them.

Oscar now has a cutting-edge set of implanted prosthetic feet – the design of which open new doorways for all amputees, even us two-legged types:

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 prosthetic pegs, called intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics (Itaps) were developed by a team from University College London led by Professor Gordon Blunn, who is head of UCL’s Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

There’s more at the BBC, including a wonderful video of Oscar’s first steps on his new feet. What a great story.

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