These Animals Wearing Prosthetic Limbs Are the Antidote to Your World-Weary Cynicism

Turkey’s only animal prosthetist gives animals a second chance.

Photo by Niyazi Çapa.

Photo by Niyazi Çapa

Don't panic: the stirring you feel in your chest as you gaze upon these photos of animals wearing prosthetic limbs is only your heart reviving itself from the deadening tedium of life in a post-industrial society. These chokingly adorable photos arrive to us by way of an orthopedics company in Turkey that is the only place in the country where amputated animals can be outfitted with specialty prosthetic limbs or orthotics. The company began producing prosthetics for animals nine years ago when its founder, Niyazi Çapa, created an artificial leg for his friend's dog. Since then, they’ve become inundated with requests from pet-owners around the country.

"So far we have enabled more than 700 animals, including cats, dogs, doves, storks, calves, eagles, horses, jackals, rabbits and seagulls to walk with prostheses and orthotics. In a first for the world, we attached a prosthetic to a horse. When their legs are broken, horses are usually killed because their bones cannot heal properly. But I thought a horse with a broken leg could have a chance to live with a prosthetic, so I proved my claim, and our work was reported in an American magazine with a photo of the horse’s prosthetic limb. Such things make me happy,” Çapa told Turkish news outlet Hurriyet Daily News.

If your cold dead chest organ is unmoved by the story, please look at this photo of a two-legged cat wheeling around in a wheeled brace and allow yourself to gently weep.

via Michael Belanger / Flickr

The head of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association on Monday called an emergency meeting amid concerns over President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr's use of the power of the Justice Department for political purposes, such as protecting a long-time friend and confidant of the president.

Keep Reading
via United for Respect / Twitter

Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

Keep Reading
via Rdd dit / YouTube

Two people had the nerve to laugh and smirk at a DUI murder sentencing in Judge Qiana Lillard's courtroom and she took swift action.

Lillard heard giggles coming from the family of Amanda Kosal, 25, who admitted to being drunk when she slammed into an SUV, killing Jerome Zirker, 31, and severely injuring his fiance, Brittany Johnson, 31.

Keep Reading