Bionic feet for amputee cat

Bionic feet for amputee cat

Page last updated at 00:51 GMT, Friday, 25 June 2010 01:51 UK

A cat that had its back feet severed by a combine harvester has been given two prosthetic limbs in a pioneering operation by a UK vet.

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.
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"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."

This has huge implications for people.

This is great news for so many people! :thumbsup:

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