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Brave Ginger beats frostbite, to display new titanium paws!

HARSH winters in Russia’s Siberia region often claim the lives of house pets, who can fall prey to frostbite and the surgical amputation of their limbs.

And, with little ability to survive, this frequently leads to the poor creatures being euthanised.

But a cat named Ryzhik, which means Redhead or Ginger, has been given a new lease on life, following an unprecedented set of operations, supplying the quadruple-amputee four prosthetic paws, constructed of titanium.

The surgery was carried out by a Novosibirsk clinic, which specialises in implanting artificial limbs, according to the  Siberian Times newspaper.

The poor cat had suffered from gangrene and frostbite on his ears and four paws, said veterinary surgeon Sergei Gorshkov, which led to the amputation of Ryzhik’s paws.

The clinic then used computer tomography and 3D-modelling technology, to construct the perfect set of artificial paws for the cat, which would not only serve the basic function of prosthetic limbs but would also be sufficiently comfortable, ensuring that he wouldn’t try to pry them off.

Ryzhik is now the only cat in Russia, and, probably, the world, wholly reliant on four prosthetics.

Gorshkov said: “He is definitely the first cat in the world to experience such surgery. The limbs have fully connected with the skin and bone. The part of the limb that goes inside the body is spongy, and the bone tissue is growing inside it.”

He added: “We achieved a good result. We secured the function of the limb, although part of it has been removed.”

While video footage of the cat shows that Ryzhik still has to get over some initial awkwardness, before regaining a wholly natural gait, Gorshkov’s team are confident that it’s only a matter of time before he finds it easy to walk on his new set of paws.

In fact, Ginger is already using them to play with, and defend himself from other cats.

Gorshkov’s clinic has been working to patent new techniques, which would allow various animals to enjoy a new life after the traumatic loss of their limbs.

Such new forms of prosthesis include rebuilt beaks for parrots and hoods for cattle, as well as artificial limbs for birds.

 

 

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