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AP They say cats have nine lives. But after losing his hind legs, Oscar almost used up all of his in one go. But thanks to an innovative surgery, Oscar is walking tall as the first cat ever to get around on bionic limbs. Oscar was the victim of a gruesome accident last year. While lounging in a maize field near his home on the island of Jersey, his back paws were sliced off by a combine harvester, the BBC reports. Luckily, a woman riding by saw the accident and knocked on the nearby door of Oscar's owners, Kate Allan and Mike Nolan. "It was very traumatic. I was convinced we were going to have to put him down at this point," Nolan told the BBC. But a local vet was able to dress the wou...

Stew Milne, AP Oscar, a pet cat who lives at a nursing home in Providence, R.I., gained national attention several years ago for his apparent ability to predict which of the facility's patients was about to die. David Dosa, M.D., a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University who works with the facility, recently published Making Rounds with Oscar, a book about life with the amazing animal. Paw Nation spoke with Dr. Dosa to learn more about his experiences with Oscar. Why was Oscar brought to live in the nursing home in the first place? Oscar was adopted by the nursing home in the summer of 2005 as a replacement for a companion animal that died. Oscar was found in a shelter an...