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Robo-cat gets new lease of life

Tuesday, 29th January 2013

A cat who was days away from being put down because of crippling spinal injuries has been given a second chance thanks to an American high school robotics club.

Nine-month-old Flipper had been paralysed and totally unable to walk due to a twisted spine, but has now been fitted with a pair of robotic legs by the students at Conifer High School.

Scientists now hope that the device – called the 'Cat-Cart' – can help Flipper build up strength in his legs, straighten out his backbone and ultimately restore nervous communication to his spine as he grows.

Pets with crippling medical conditions often have a hard time finding a loving home, as many people don't have the time or resources to provide the necessary level of care.

Animal charities and shelters often have to put down animals with physical injuries, which is why anyone who feels they would be able to look after an injured pet should consider adopting before it's too late.