She may have been thrown from the ninth floor of an apartment building, but this cute cat has certainly landed on her feet with plenty of loving friends to help her recover from her nightmare fall.
Christened Hei Hudie – meaning Black Butterfly – because of the black fur on her face and body, the unlucky moggie fell 32 feet down to the fifth floor of the block in the city of Chongqing, southwest China. Her cruel assailant had reportedly stepped on her before flinging her to what could well have been her death.
But the resilient feline survived the fall, which fractured her spine, and after four major operations in six months the eight-month-old kitty she is able to get around again using a wheeled brace. .The poor cat has lost the use of her hind legs and requires daily physiotherapy following the fall in the Jiulongpo Shiqiaopu area of Chongqing in November last year.When she sees a stranger, Black Butterfly will hide her head under her blanket.
Cheng, her vet, has to gently take her out to pet her and before attaching the wheels to her back legs and encouraging her to walk with them attached using food as an incentive. Black Butterfly weighs 2kg and the wheels make up almost 30 per cent of that weight. With her wheels attached she is able to gingerly walk on her two front legs and after a few steps she will stop for a rest then start over again.
She is still on the slow road to recovery and needs to exercise her front legs daily to develop the strength in them. After going under the knife four times she is not able to relieve herself in the normal way anymore and will have to use nappies every day.
Her vet said: ‘Black Butterfly is lucky to survive the fall of more than 10 metres, not to mention the stress of four operations in the space of six months. From my more than 10 years as a vet I can say she has the strongest will to live of any animal I have seen.’