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Feral B.C. kitten to get cutting-edge prosthetics

Feral B.C. kitten to get cutting-edge prosthetics - image

VANCOUVER – A feral kitten found missing its back legs on a rural property in Langley, B.C., will be fitted with prosthetics in a groundbreaking procedure.

The eight-month-old tuxie named Cassidy received Botox injections today at a Vancouver animal hospital in preparation.

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The injections were aimed at relaxing the kitten’s rear-limb muscles so it can be better fitted for the new prosthetic blades.

Dr. Mike Higgins of Canada West Veterinary Specialists says the procedure involves technology that could advance the options for treating more pets in the future.

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The prosthetic blades will be placed on the kitten’s deformed limbs during surgery at North Carolina State University.

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Shelly Roche, who rescued the kitten, says she believes that Internet broadcasts of the kitten’s rehabilitation has been an inspiration to people.

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