Meet Pooh: The World’s First Bionic Cat

A Bulgarian cat named Pooh recently became the first “bionic cat.” A veterinary surgeon performed a tricky procedure that gave the cat a pair of titanium hind legs after its own legs were amputated due to a terrible accident.

According to The Telegraph:

The procedure to give him new legs took three hours. During it, the surgical team drilled the pegs into one of Oscar’s ankle bones on each leg. They then coated the prosthetics with hydroxyapatite to encourage bone cells to grow onto the metal. 

The skin then grows over an “umbrella” at the end to prevent potentially fatal infection, and the peg protrudes through the bone and skin, which allows the custom-built paws to be attached.

It seems this surgery is now being mimicked in other countries around the world — perhaps in the future it could become more affordable and readily available, so cats who are hit by cars no longer have to limp or drag a set of wheels behind them.

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