One of the tiny, fluffy kittens was in fact paralyzed from the hips down. Volunteers from Friends of the HCACC soon named the tuxedo cat Tiny Tim and connected with a "hackers" collective of experimental tech creators called SubProto. They got to work creating a custom wheelchair small enough for Tiny Tim, who was no more than a handful at the time.
. @EmrgencyKittens have you seen #tinytim and his new wheelchair? Open source 3D printed wheelchair. @SubProto https://t.co/iwZo5D4h9h
— Crystal Street (@crystaldstreet)
They're still tweaking the design, but Tiny Tim already looks healthier and happier.
"When you see a little animal like him who has a special need, sometimes people have a misconception about that," Cathy Salmons, a volunteer for Friends of HCACC told Mandy Noell at Cleveland's Channel 19. "This is a happy little kitten. He deserves every chance to live."