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Oscar, the Bionic Cat

Posted in Embracing the Future, Nature gone amok with tags , , on June 25, 2010 by Eric S.

What, you may ask, does it take to dig a retired blogger out of retirement after almost two years? As much as I might have hoped for verifiable signs of extraterrestrial intelligence and/or sightings of a school of flying sharks, it turned out to be a peg-legged cat:

As reported by (from whom I appropriated the above image), absent minded Oscar was lazing around the family farm one afternoon when he suddenly found his rear feet being lopped off by a harvesting combine. How a combine is less intimidating to a cat than a vacuum cleaner I’ll never know, but there you have it.

And while I imagine Oscar is bound to get a lots of heckling for his chicken legs, he’ll probably get less pummeling than this similarly disabled English bulldog:

No, Oscar’s legs are almost as cool as the pair track star and uber hottie Aimee Mullins wore in the 1996 Paralympics…

…though not as cool as the glass pair she sported in that Matthew Barney film:

Incidentally, if you’re interested in the oft-overlooked upside of prosthetic limbs, have a look at this lecture by a 6’1″ Ms. Mullins (who, as she says in the video, usually stands 5’8″), which WordPress is going to make you go elsewhere to see. Anyway, there you go: putting the art in artificial limbs.