Flipper the Robot Cat (video)
Her name is Flipper, and now, thanks to some caring animal lovers and high school robotics enthusiasts, she can (almost) be faster than lightening.
The feisty little cat was born with a twisted spinal cord that made walking and sitting upright nearly impossible. And while she scooted around pretty effectively, when the folks at the Aspen Park Vet Hospital in Colorado received her at three weeks old, they knew that cats who can’t use their back legs usually get put to sleep.
“We just felt so bad for Flipper, who had to drag her legs behind her as she made her way around the clinic,” said Dr. Harry Gurney.
In an awesome and unexpected move, Dr. Gurney teamed up with the Blitz Robotic Club at Conifer High School and gave them a challenge: Build a device to help little Flip get around.
Through 3-D imaging and many prototypes, the Robotic Club finally hit on the right “cat-traption.” Sure, there’s some duct tape and Popsicle sticks, but it’s given Flipper a new lease on life. Watch as she tears through the Clinic!
They’re hoping that the apparatus will build Flipper’s leg strength so she can one day get around without it. Once she’s healed, she will be ready for adoption.
And while Flipper might not be ready for a forever home, there are thousands of other special-needs cats just like her who are. Visit them here.
By Ashley Piper, From Ecorazzi