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Meet Roux the Kangaroo Cat, Who Shines on Just Two Legs

She was born with a congenital abnormality and abandoned; now Roux bounds through life.

Phillip Mlynar  |  Jun 8th 2015


Catster-Monday-Miracle-badge_37_0We’ve passed the halfway point of the year and already we’ve been privileged to profile some outstanding Monday Miracles. There’s been a flurry of kitties scooting around on wheels; we’ve showcased a half-wild chap who found himself unceremoniously tangled up in a cord for the best part of 12 months, cats attacked by humans brandishing guns and Bobcats alike, and even an ambassador for the Crooked Cat movement.

But I’m going to chance that this week’s honoree is the superstar candidate of 2015: Her name is Roux, and she was born with only her two back legs. This is her story.

A grey and white Siamese who sports the full and grandiose name of Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux Hendrickson Deak Akey, she was left at an animal shelter near New Orleans due to her lack of legs. More specifically, it’s said that her first owners couldn’t deal with the fact that she wasn’t able to bury her little nuggets in her litter box.

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Thankfully, a worker at the shelter, Jackie Deak Akey, decided to step up and take her home.

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Roux just passed her first birthday, and her owner explained her condition to the Meowbox blog, saying that her congenital abnormality was likely related to a condition called transverse terminal hemimelia. (If you’re into that sort of stuff, medical X-rays confirm that her front nubs only go as far as the humerus.)

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Roux also has a cute little bobtail.

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Despite possessing 50 percent fewer legs than the average cat, Roux has managed to develop her own way of getting around. As you’d expect from her name, this means that she hops and wobbles along a little like a kangaroo. Check out her moves in the video below.

A video posted by Roux! (@lilbunnysueroux) on Apr 24, 2015 at 7:21pm PDT

Interestingly, when Roux walks, her two front nubs don’t technically touch the ground. Although as you can see in this next video, she’s not averse to shaking them around when the occasion calls for it.  

  A video posted by Roux! (@lilbunnysueroux) on May 26, 2015 at 5:28pm PDT

 


Now safely ensconced in her forever home, Roux is setting about becoming a real deal Internet phenomenon. To stay up to date with her latest adventures, head over to her Instagram account.

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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.