Paralyzed Kitten Gets New Wheels Thanks to High School Robotics Club


Flipper the 9 month-old kitten can now get around much easier despite her spinal injury which left her hind legs partially paralyzed, thanks to the help and kindness of some local high school students.

Flipper was brought into Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital just a few months ago, unable to utilize his hind legs. The hospital then asked the students from the Conifer High School robotics club that they sponsor to see if anyone could construct a pair of wheels to help the little kitty move. After several prototypes, the club had something for Flipper. “We ended up with a two-wheeled design with a harness, like two-wheeled chariot,” said Christian Debrunner via the Denver Post.

Flipper now wears the harness for about two hours each day. The hospital is planning on adopting Flipper while continuing helping her rehabilitate.

cute rescue kitten gets new wheels from robotics club

cute rescue kitten gets new wheels from robotics club

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Source: 9news and the Denver Post.

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27 Responses to “Paralyzed Kitten Gets New Wheels Thanks to High School Robotics Club”

  1. Maysoun says:

    that is so kind

  2. sabi says:

    That is a heartwarming story!

  3. katie k says:

    What a wonderful idea!

  4. Tina1649 says:

    Way cool!

  5. Maritza says:

    I lost my bestfriend because he broke both his back legs, wish they sold things like this. It literally makes me cry of joy that this little kitten is about to be mobilized and keep living. Bless those kiddos!

  6. Would like to have seen her using the cart on the video.

  7. Dalia Hettfield says:

    Thank You so much for helping to Our Precious Angel, Flipper!
    GOD Bless those Angels from the Conifer High School robotics club Forever.
    Much LOVE, Light, Peace
    B.D♥

  8. Squeeeee, her ears!!! What great kids, too. Proud of ‘em!

  9. pumbie says:

    What a beautiful bionic cat:)

  10. Hajnal says:

    Not only this story is incredibly heartwarming, but also…OMG EAR FLUFF!!

  11. Florece Eaise says:

    What a great story just heartwarming those kds are something pretty special and thatkitty is a very lucky kitty

  12. Jenny says:

    Wow with the ear hair…she is completely adorable!

  13. Day says:

    Beautiful face, ears, & whiskers! Glad somebody cared to take the time to help this sweet baby.

  14. Sue says:

    great story. I hope she does well

  15. Sue says:

    She is sooooo cute!

  16. Conga-Cats to robotics club for getting wheels for young Flipper. Her ear tufts provide extra bennies! Sought wheels like these for our late Cheeky after her 1993 stroke; unable to secure then.

  17. ursulina says:

    What a good group of kids to help out this kitty. Luv Flippers ear hair – wow!

  18. Mary says:

    he is going to grow to become a gorgeous Maine coon

  19. This is fantastic! Awesome kids

  20. Angela says:

    I like hearing stories of kids helping others. Good job!

  21. Ingrid says:

    What a good idea! Robotics will help elderly and disabled in the future. This is what I call relevant animal experiment!

  22. Dee says:

    What a wonderful story! She has some major ear fluffs going on there!!!! Happy for her!

  23. Julia says:

    wonderful! i love people who take such a great care for pets

  24. Sarah says:

    lovely story!!! ♥♥♥

  25. Velvia says:

    Amazing kitty! and thanks to High School Robotics Club for make her life more beautiful ♥

  26. Diana says:

    There’s different versions of flipper’s story on the internet, but what’s most reported is she (not he) did not get injured, she was born with a twisted spine. And, since she uses her legs with the cart (they are not limp or unusable, in time she may be able to regain the full use of her back legs and not need the cart! That’s what I heard her vet say. YAY!! Hope she gets full use of her legs back. And, those HS kids are just awesome : )!!!

  27. Iffat says:

    Heard about this on CBC Radio in Canada. Great story, way to go kids!

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