A cat in England is earning a new “Elbows” nickname after being born without leg bones, and it’s been the volunteers at the Cats Protection, a charity set up to take care of disabled felines, that makes this a miracle in the first place.
Harvey, a 4-month-old cat with radial agenesis, was initially being taken care of by volunteers who thought his legs had been broken after birth.
However, an x-ray revealed the truth — Harvey the cat was born without leg bones — and he needs an operation to repair his damaged limbs. Metal pins will be inserted in place of bones and after rehab, he should have a normal life. Although he appears to get by just fine, Harvey could develop serious spinal injuries if his condition were left untreated.
Right now, Harvey is living with a foster family, and his caretaker Liz Mcculloch says he acts just like any other family kitten.
“He’s a lovely little thing,” she told the Sun. “Because Harvey was born that way he doesn’t know there’s anything wrong with him so he runs around on his elbows and happily plays with my other cat and dog.”
The Cats Protection charity set up a fundraising page for Harvey and, not surprisingly, people from all over the world answered the call. According to the page, the Glasgow vet school has only seen five cases of radial agenesis in cats since 1975. Harvey’s condition as a cat born without leg bones is certainly a rare one, but fortunately, he’ll be getting the help he needs.
It is definitely a rare case when a cat is born without bones in his legs, but he certainly has lots of cuddle abilities.