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Bionicat: Feline Gets Bionic Implants

Many who follow conspiracy theories are already familiar with the failed (and tragic) tale of Undercover Kitty, a cat implanted with surveillance equipment trained to spy remotely in CIA operations.

Unfortunately, on it’s inaugural mission, the original bionic cat, fixed with an antennae that ran the length of its tail, was smashed by a car, thus ending a rather drawn out (and expensive) special ops program that never got off the ground before it was terminated… literally.

Nowadays, we can say with a clearer conscience that most folks who seek to supplement cats, or any other animals, with bionic features have more caring intentions. In an upcoming BBC documentary, the story of “Oscar,” a black cat whose hind paws had to be amputated, details how he was fixed with small metallic appendages which, with minimal practice, allowed him to walk again.

Video after the jump.

Below is a short video clip of Oscar’s remarkable bionic adaptation:

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Also, a recent article by BBC News tells more about this astounding surgery, as well as a more in-depth video clip about the procedure that restored Oscar’s ability to walk. Soon, advances of this sort will help procure innovative new ways animals–and even humans–will adapt to otherwise crippling injuries through the miracles of modern science.

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Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.
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