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Another kind of animal research

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While I’m not fond of using animals as data points in a research study, research that actually benefits animals is a separate matter.

Enter Oscar, a cat who underwent a pioneering procedure when both of his hind feet were amputated. Neuro-orthopaedic surgeon Neol Fitzpatrick rebuilt Oscar’s hind feet with metal pegs and bioengineered feet.  Despite the experimental nature of the procedure, the surgery was a success.  So much so that Oscar was up and climbing around within minutes of waking from the anesthesia.

Oscar, the cat with a pair of prosthetic paws (courtesy of Neil Fitzpatrick)

Fitzpatrick’s has been dubbed the “bionic vet” as a result of work with Oscar and other animals.  He is featured in a 6-part BBC documentary (and he has a Facebook page to boot).

Here is a clip showing Oscar’s operation:

And, like most technical innovations, Oscar’s feet got an upgrade:


Written by morethangray

July 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

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  1. That is awesome indeed!


    July 17, 2010 at 1:46 am

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