Paws for thought: Oscar the bionic cat

The prosthetic legs were developed by a team from University College London led by Professor Gordon Blunn
A cat whose back legs were chopped off in a farming accident has been given a new bionic pair, in a ground-breaking feline first in Britain.

A cat whose back legs were chopped off in a farming accident has been given a new bionic pair, in a ground-breaking feline first in Britain.

Two-and-a-half year old Oscar lost at least one of his nine lives when he was run over by a combine harvester last October -- but eight months later he has regained a spring in his step.

The paws were fitted by neuro-orthopaedic surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick, in a three-hour operation involving grafting the replacement legs onto the stumps of Oscar's remaining bones.

"The real revolution with Oscar is because we have put a piece of metal and flange into which skin grows into an extremely tight bone," said Fitzpatrick, who carried out the surgery last November.

"Oscar can now run and jump about as should do."

His owner Kate Nolan said: "We had to do a lot of soul-searching and our main concern has always been whether this operation would be in Oscar's best interests and would give him a better quality of life."

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Jun 25, 2010
http://en.wiktion...i/bionic Bionic means mechanical or electronic. The cat does not have bionic back legs, it has metal stumps. Pedantic protest aside, it's very impressive that the surgeon was able to fuse the metal and bone.

Jun 25, 2010
and metal protruding through skin without infection.. *very* nice

Jun 25, 2010
We can rebuild him, we have the technology......

Farming accident? What was a cat doing farming? Sounds very suspicious to me.

Jun 26, 2010
To be even more pedantic - bionic actually means combining biological and electronic functionality. Bio- from the Greek word bios meaning life and -onic from electronic. So no, the cat is not bionic. If science web and blog sites can't get even the simple stuff right what hope have we got when it comes to explaining the tough stuff.

Jun 26, 2010

Of course we are inspired that Oscar the bionic cat can now leap over walls again, hiss at all the unfriendly people that ever come near him and snuggle up to the vets that saved his life. Oscar, you definitely are one lucky cat.


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