Pretzel the blind, three-legged cat, got her name because of her twisted hind legs, but she doesn’t let it slow her down!
Vet tech Carmen Bernard discovered the Siamese kitten while driving down a highway outside of Jacksonville, FL. Bernard was sure that Pretzel had been hit by a car, as her hind legs were noticeably distorted.
However, a visit to the veterinarian’s office revealed that her twisted legs were due to a serious birth defect, rather than an accident. X-rays confirmed that the cat’s right leg was backwards and her kneecap was on the back of her leg. Her left leg was also deformed, but not as severely as her right.
These deformities caused a significant amount of pain, and made it difficult for Pretzel to walk. To make matters worse, vets discovered that the kitten was irreversibly blind.
Such serious medical issues would make the kitten almost certainly un-adoptable.
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The Choice to Fight
“The vet said, you have two choices: You can either stick in this for the long haul or you can put her to sleep,” Bernard told television station WXJT. “And I had to give her a chance.”
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