Jul. 3, 2006 04:45 PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The little orange-and-white ball of fluff is a fighter.
Any kitten that survives a tumble through the deadly maw of a wood chipper would have to be.
His meow would almost be pitiable, if he weren't so full of energy and spunk just two weeks after his rescuer and veterinarian debated whether his injuries were so severe that he couldn't be saved.
"Chipper's" head is tilted to the right, the result of a fracture to the neck that apparently didn't damage the spinal cord nerves. Both of the miracle kitten's front legs were badly mangled and broken, but he gets around, if a little awkwardly. His right eye now appears to be functioning, even if it is damaged.
Maury Swee of Boca Raton, Fla., who runs a no-kill shelter, the 10th Life Sanctuary, says he got a call from an anonymous woman on the morning of June 20. The woman said a kitten had been asleep in a wood chipper that was turned on by workers. Would Swee help?
Swee says he met her at a gas station, and rushed the bloody kitten to the animal hospital.
"This little kitten has pretty much used up his nine lives," said Swee, who along with his staff and volunteers cares for more than 700 cats, most of them unsuitable for adoption, at his sanctuary.
Cat + Woodchipper = Survival?!?!? I call Satanic on that! There's no way that any animal could have survived passage through a woodchipper without being rendered down into its component and oozie parts. There should have been cat guts spraying everyone at the other end but instead it simply suffers some broken bones and cosmetic damage? Bullshit. This was clearly an act of demonic power and will. The fact that those fools patched it back together will no doubt only have negative consequences for the rest of us.