Cat Born With No Elbows Prances Around 'Like A T-Rex'
A adorable feline born with no elbow joints has learned to move on her hind legs, 'like a T-rex.'
One-year-old Juju cannot use her front legs like an average cat because her limbs are permanently bent and her bones are fused where her elbows should be.
Most cats with the rare bone deformity are euthanised but Juju got lucky and was adopted into a family home, alongside a menagerie of other disabled pets.
Juju's owner Karen Gorne, 51, adopted the kitten and her sister Jilly in March after they had been abandoned at the River-Oak Veterinary Hospital in Riverbank, California.
Karen, an office manager, and her husband Tim, 53, a business owner, say Juju's rare disability doesn't prevent her from bouncing happily around their home in Salida, California.
Juju was also born with exceptionally large back feet, which facilitate her unique method of getting around.
"She walks hunched over or like a T-rex," said Karen. "She also has giant back feet, that look like rabbit feet, which allows her to jump very high and balance herself. It means she is strictly an indoor cat because she could never protect herself outside."
She continued: "Having no elbow joints means that her front arms are permanently bent. They don't straighten. So jumping, climbing and scratching is difficult."
Karen also cares for a one-eyed pug named Charlie, ten, and Duncan, a one-year-old French bulldog with a heart murmur.
"The breeder wanted to put Charlie to sleep because his eye fell out when he was a puppy, but he lives a perfectly happy and normal life with just one eye," she said.
"I have a soft spot when it comes to helping disabled pets.
"They just kind of find me...people know that I take in disabled animals, so they bring them to me.
"I always say 'I'm just going to foster this one' and then they end up staying," added Karen, who currently has three dogs and five cats.
"It takes time to care for them...with Juju, I have to make sure she's not getting sores on her arms from walking on them, but it's so far so good.
"She is very loving, playful and happy. All the other animals adore her too.
"When people see her they are either shocked and a little freaked out or instantly in love. There is no in between."
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