A very special cat has stolen hearts online after a video of her went viral thanks to an unusual condition that means her front paws are shorter than expected.
Re-posted on Reddit on Tuesday, the video of the Californian kitty named Kanga Roo has delighted the internet, with over 22,000 upvotes and thousands of comments.
Originally shared on February 23 by Kanga Roo’s owners—who use the handle kangaroothekitty—the video features the extra special cat who has a rare condition called radial hypoplasia.
Vet Explains Pets explains that feline radial hypoplasia is a condition that causes underdevelopment or lack of development of the radius bone in a cat. The radius is one of the long bones in the arm, or front leg, of the cat.
Vet Explains Pets said: “Many times, these intriguing cats will sit on their backend or rump with their front legs up, unable to reach the ground, somewhat like the calm stance of a squirrel.”
Talkative kitty Kanga is 7 years old and lives with her two canine brothers and a feline sister and brother in the Bay Area of California.
Kanga’s owner told Newsweek: “Radial hypoplasia does not affect Kanga by any means. She is a loving girl who loves to help with our fosters, loves hanging with her siblings and chasing her brother Hector around the house.”
The adorable video has delighted the internet, receiving over 58,000 views on Instagram and gaining hundreds of comments.
One Instagram user said: “She looks like a T-Rex she is so adorably cute and gorgeous,” while another wrote: “It’s tyrannosaurus cat.”
Over on Reddit, cat fans were equally impressed with this extra-special feline. One user shared their experience of cats with radial hypoplasia: “My sister had a cat just like this, and it was crazy how well it adapted. The front legs were bent a little more than the one in the video, but could still climb trees , and still caught birds & mice.”
Another Redditor joked: “They’re evolving, soon they will walk among us, drive our cars and then run for president. The scariest thing? We would all vote a cat in office for US president,” and another named the cat: ” Kittysaurus Rex.”
“I was surprised by the viral video,” said Kanga’s owner: “I don’t know how it got so big!”
Alongside the video, Kanga’s owner provided an update in the caption, writing that she had recently been for her annual physical and vaccines with the vet—who was pleased with her weighing a healthy 8 pounds.
“Oh my heart,” wrote one commenter: “So precious, I love her.”
Last week, another special kitty with a different rare illness also melted hearts online.