Ryzhik the abandoned cat not only has a new forever home—but he's the first kitty in the world to be fitted with four artificial limbs!
The sweet ginger boy (Ryzhik is Russian for "redhead" or "ginger") was left to fend for himself in Tomsk, Siberia, where temperatures dropped to a punishing minus 40 degrees Celsius. By the time rescuers found him, frostbite and gangrene had set into all four of his paws.
Normally in Russia, a cat in Ryzhik's condition would be euthanized.Miraculously, however, rescuers were quickly able to find him a new forever family—one that was determined that Ryzhik would not only live, but would walk again on his own.
They took Ryzhik to a veterinary clinic in Novosibirsk that specializes in implanting artificial limbs.Veterinarian Sergey Gofshkov used computer tomography and 3D modelling to manufacture the most comfortable and suitable artificial limbs for Ryzhik.
Dr. Gorshkov says, "He is definitely the first cat in the world who experienced such surgeries. The limbs have fully connected with the skin and bone. The part of the limb that goes inside the body is spongy, the bone tissue grows inside it."
He added: "We achieved a good result."
Ryzhik is not trying to remove the limbs, which his doctors say is an excellent sign that he's becoming comfortable with his new "bionic" paws. Although still getting used to them, as this video shows, Ryzhik can walk just fine, and should be back to getting into typical feline mischief very soon!
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Gorshkov's clinic is pioneering new methods of helping animals in distress, including the patenting of a technique for attaching artificial limbs to birds and cows.
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