B.C. students create 3D printed wheelchair for disabled kitten
Two B.C. students are being praised for helping a tiny disabled kitten walk again.
Cassidy the kitten was part of a feral colony in Langley. Shelly Roche from Tiny Kittens Rescue has been part of a group that is helping to spay and neuter these cats to stop the overpopulation.
“We estimate we have about 22,000 feral cats just in Langley,” says Roche. “Which is just insane.”
Cassidy was born with all four legs, but shortly after birth, he lost his back legs. “He managed to survive somehow for nine weeks, until we found him,” says Roche.
“He actually had learned how to lift his little bum off the ground and walk like a reverse velociraptor.”
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She put a call out on Facebook to see if anyone could help Cassidy.
That is when Josh Messmer and Isaiah Walker from Walnut Grove Secondary School stepped up to make the tiny kitten a wheelchair.
“We modeled the [wheelchair] in 3D and then it just prints it out,” says Messmer.
Walker adds that it took a few designs and modifications to get it right, but Cassidy is now able to use it to move around.
But that is not the only help Cassidy has received in his short life.
WATCH: Here is a video of Cassidy using a wheelchair donated and built by Handicapped Pets Canada:
Roche says the first time she saw Cassidy use the wheelchair, she was weeping for joy. This is going to be an ongoing project for Cassidy as he continues to grow.
“He just is so much happier and having the freedom to be able to move is something he’s never had before,” says Roche.
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