Okay, it’s originally from the Daily Mail, but the story checks out at HuffPo. Caffrey, a gray Persian in England, was run over by a car at the age of three. They amputated his left rear leg, and he did well until four months ago, when a malignancy on his left front leg (which had also been damaged) necessitated a second amputation on the same side. The vets balked:
His owner Sue Greaves, 58, couldn’t bear to have him put down or put him through the pain of chemotherapy with no guarantee of success.
So she pleaded [sic] Paul Harris reports ‘He doesn’t seem bothered at all’ for option three – amputating the leg, leaving him with only two, both on the right side.
When her vet sought opinions from four colleagues, all said it shouldn’t be done. They insisted he would be unable to walk and his life would not be worth living.
Well, Caffrey, take a bow. And a run around the garden.
And just for good measure, try a ballet-style pirouette.
Although he was expected to spend weeks recovering at home in Woking, Surrey, within days he had achieved near perfect balance – helped by next door neighbour Ashleigh Tyler, eight, who joined the campaign to nurse him back to health.
And less than two months after the £4,000 operation, he is skipping along like a cat on a hot tin roof.
‘Everyone who sees him is astonished at what he can do,’ Mrs Greaves said. ‘He doesn’t seem bothered at all by having only two legs.’
And here is Caffrey in action:
Would it be gauche of me to say that Caffrey is all right now? (Not as gauche as HuffPo, which put this story in the “Comedy” section!)
And meet Simhasana, a lovely tabby who was, like Caffrey, hit by a car, and somehow managed to live several months as a stray with dislocated legs. Taken in by a shelter, she seemed to make a spontaneous recovery, and now she can walk, though not perfectly. I hope someone adopts her. She is at the Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles. Any L.A. readers here?