Meet Pooh, the bionic cat

Has this ever happened to you? You're watching reruns of "The Six Million Dollar Man" and you find yourself wondering what a bionic cat would look like. Well, let me introduce you to Pooh, a Bulgarian cat with custom-built prosthetic hind legs, that has earned the title of "bionic cat." Unfortunately, Pooh doesn't make the classic "dun-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh" sound effect when he runs.

According to the Associated Press: "Veterinary surgeon Vladislav Zlatinov carried out the operation that in Europe 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.

Zlatinov relied on a few publications in scientific journals. With no commercial implants available, the parts had to be custom-built.

At the end of the complex surgery, Pooh had a pair of titanium legs implanted into his body. They are connected to external prostheses that can be changed like shoes."



To learn more, read "Look at This Cat's Terrific Bionic Legs" from Popular Mechanics.