Disabled Kitten Receives 3D-Printed Wheelchair To Walk Once Again

Technology is a wonderful thing. Earlier this September, an adorable kitten named Cassidy was found close to death and starving near a Canadian forest. After nine weeks of barely surviving on his own, he was taken into care by the non-profit cat sanctuary Tiny Kittens.

Sadly, when he was rescued, Cassidy weighed less than half a kilogram (one pound)! The sanctuary was doubtful whether or not he would survive, let alone walk again. According to IFLScience, it is believed his mother ‘accidentally’ chewed off his legs shortly after birth when trying to remove his umbilical cord. Due to the wounds, he then developed an E. coli infection that his depleted body was not strong enough to fight.

“I put a call out on Facebook to see if anybody might help us with some kind of sling or maybe even a wheelchair,” Founder of Tiny Kittens, Shelley Roche, told Global News.

That’s when two inspired 17-year-old high school students, Josh Messmer and Isaiah Walker, decided to design and 3D-print a wheelchair for the kitten at their school.

After the project was completed and Cassidy was fit into the device, he was noted to be much happier. “Having the freedom to move is something he’s never had before,” said Roche.

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  1. Doesn't look 3d printed to me...