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VIDEO: Meet Pooh – Bulgaria’s first bionic cat

A cat named Pooh has been given a new lease of life in Bulgaria after becoming the country’s first “bionic cat” with a pair of prosthetic hind legs.

Veterinary surgeon Vladislav Zlatinov carried out the operation which, taking Europe as a whole, has only previously been done in Britain.

He was aiming to give the fluffy, black-and-white cat who was probably hit by a train a chance at the sort of independence that the traditional solution — a set of wheels — would never have offered.

Pooh had to recover for six weeks before he could test out his new limbs.

Now, he is getting used to them, Zlatinov said, adding that Pooh notices the prostheses and tries to keep them clean.

Since the surgery on Pooh, Zlatinov has operated on three more cats, and more are on the waiting list.

 

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