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Corky the Cradle Cat with Twisted Legs

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Cat Corky with Twisted Legs – Cradle Cat

Corky the cat was a stray cat that was suffering from a rare physical disorder that left his hind legs in a near reverse position. After generous donations, Corky was able to have an operation that corrected the problem. Corky is strengthening his legs and learning to get about just fine!

We collected a series of short videos about Corky the Cradle Cat so you can track his journey.

Ozzi Cat team is proud of CATS Cradle Shelter (USA), all supporters, and medical personnel – love and professionalism do miracles! Thank you all guys! It’s a great lesson of love, hope, and community!

Who Is Corky The Cradle Cat

Corky was found by a little boy. 7 months old kitten were dragging himself along a pavement. Born with Bilateral Arthrogryposis of the Tarsus, Corky’s hind legs were developing criss-crossed and backwards. He was brought into a shelter, where he was due to be put down. 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.

Corky learned to drag himself around on his two front paws at the CATS Cradle shelter, until Gail and Carol found local vet Dr. Dan Burchill of Castleton Veterinary Services, who invented a surgery to bring Corky’s back legs the right way round.

Corky the Cradle Cat Headbutts and Purrs

A kitten born with his legs back to front has been given a new lease of life after pioneering surgery that lasted for 5 hours.

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Cat Corky with Twisted Legs – Cradle Cat – After Surgery

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Cat Corky with Twisted Legs – Cradle Cat – X-Ray

This is Corky the Cradle Cat less than 24 hours after his amputation.
Corky is a happy boy, the troublesome leg is gone and it is like a weight has been lifted:

Corky’s Rapid Progress

Corky decided to check out his surroundings at the hospital just ONE WEEK after his legs were surgically turned around. Nobody expected to see this until week three:

Corky the Cradle Cat Plays Hide and Seek with a Cat Sister Bella

Corky has now gone to live with Gail, one of the Directors of Cats Cradle Shelter, the facility that rescued him from death and gave him the surgery he needed to correct his deformity.

Go Corky, Go!

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Cat Corky with Twisted Legs – Cradle Cat – Purr

Ozzi Cat wishes the very best to Corky, the awesome cat!

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  1. JoeJune 16, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Nice story and a reminder of how much animals teach us humans about how to overcome shortcomings.

    • Ozzi CatJune 17, 2012 at 3:54 am

      You are so right, Joe! Thank you for your comment. We can learn a lot from pets, you are absolutely right.
      We heard that Corky story already gave strength to at least one woman who fights with her illness.
      It is amazing how inspiring cat stories  can be! We are very glad that it helps and would like to share more.

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