A cat born with his back legs back to front has been given a new lease of life after pioneering surgery.
Corky was found by little boy dragging himself along a pavement in Fargo, North Dakota, and was taken into a shelter, where he was due to be put down.
Corky the night before he had surgery.
But Gail Ventzke and Carol Stefonek, co-founders and directors of CATS Cradle Shelter, heard about the brave moggy and were intent on saving his life. The seven-month-old kitten suffers from a congential deformity known as ‘Bilateral Arthrogryposis', which causes his legs to be the wrong way round.
His limbs were also criss-crossed like a corkscrew, leading staff at the shelter to name him Corky. The courageous kitty learned to drag himself around on his two front paws at the CATS Cradle shelter, until Gail and Carol asked for the help of a local vet.
Corky after surgery.
Dr. Dan Burchill of Castleton Veterinary Services invented a surgery to bring Corky's back legs the right way round. Corky is still in bandages but thanks to intensive physical therapy sessions he's doing well.