Another kind of animal research
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.
Here is a clip showing Oscar’s operation:
And, like most technical innovations, Oscar’s feet got an upgrade: