A kitten from British Columbia, Canada, was given a new lease on life after a wheelchair was created by a 3D printer to help it walk.
Cassidy the kitten was rescued from a feral colony by Tiny Kittens Rescue. However, the kitten struggled to walk and required assistance to do so.
Shelly Roche rescued Cassidy and made it clear that feral animals are a frequent occurrence in major cities.
“We estimate we have about 22,000 feral cats just in Langley,” says Roche. “Which is just insane.”
When Cassidy was born, he had all four of his legs. At some point he lost his two back legs and managed to survive for 9 weeks until he was picked up.
“He actually had learned how to lift his little bum off the ground and walk like a reverse velociraptor.”
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She put a call out on Facebook to see if anyone could help Cassidy.
That is when Josh Messmer and Isaiah Walker from Walnut Grove Secondary School stepped up to make the tiny kitten a wheelchair.
“We modeled the [wheelchair] in 3D and then it just prints it out,” says Messmer.
Walker adds that it took a few designs and modifications to get it right, but Cassidy is now able to use it to move around.
But that is not the only help Cassidy has received in his short life.
Roche says the first time she saw Cassidy use the wheelchair, she was weeping for joy. This is going to be an ongoing project for Cassidy as he continues to grow.
“He just is so much happier and having the freedom to be able to move is something he’s never had before,” says Roche.
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