A cat named Pooh in Bulgaria has received a pair of bionic legs after an accident in a small village. No one is quite sure what happened to the cat, but a woman brought him into a clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, where surgeon Vladislav Zlatinov took a look at the poor cat.
Zlatinov decided he wanted to try something new with Pooh. “I had the vague idea that this is done, but it sounded impossible for our practice,” Zlatinov noted about the experimental surgery. “But I wanted to try.”
While the surgery was experimental, it seems to have worked perfectly to plan! “He’s doing surprisingly well so far,” Zlatinov explained. “Pooh can move freely on flat surfaces — walking, running, even making small jumps… What’s important is that he doesn’t seem to be in pain.”
“We’re very proud,” Zlatinov told Reuters about the end success. “It was quite a success … It gives hope to other patients.” Pooh is currently going through rehabilitation and preparing for adoption!
The cat may have had a tough life to begin with, but with his new legs, he’s up and ready to live the rest of his beautiful life. He’s ready to be accepted into a new home, and the successful surgery gives more freedom to animals that have lost their legs in the future. Science and life come together to bring Pooh a great few years up ahead!