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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

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5:22PM PST on Nov 27, 2013

what a wonderful experience for those high school kids to able to be apart of inventing and then creating something for a special needs animal. that kind of experience for a child doesn't come along very often. Great thinking Dr. Harry Gurney, and good luck Flipper, we're all rooting for you

7:26PM PST on Nov 25, 2013

Good for these high school students!

6:33PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

Such a beautiful cat. Glad the kids could help.

11:35AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Awww

6:25AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Fabulous, Flipper is marvellous and endearing!

11:46AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I love the get-up-and go of this cat. She has taught me a lesson of making the best of what you've got. I'm going to get up from this chair and teach my legs to get me around just as Flipper did.

BTW, I want one of those signs at the Vet's that say, "My dog is smarter than your politician," or "My cat is smarter than your politician." Boy, are those right!

4:01PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

great story! she's robo cat! :-)

11:22AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Sadist-owner of this puppy must me found and charged for animal cruelty. But the best punishment for him or her is:" to send them to garbage forever.

9:06AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

great article and video, thanks for sharing :)

1:08PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Wow. What a cat! Thanks to everyone who helped make the cart for her to get around in. Maybe they can make more for other animals too. It's great to see stories of caring humans.

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