Our Monday Miracle Is Burtie the Tripod Kitten


I once had to endure a two-week spell of work experience at a popular electronics store. As some sort of initiation ruse, the manager told me to walk over to a nearby camera and video equipment outlet and ask for a “one-legged tripod.” It was the worst prank ever, being that a unipod is, you know, something that actually exists. Being that I had no need for a unipod, I did not feel the urge to purchase said item.

Here comes the ham-fisted segue: Burtie the plush white cat with the grey-tipped ears only has three legs, but from checking out his story it seems that he also is not in need of a unipod. Yep, he seems to be enjoying his life just fine as the affectionately dubbed Tripod Kitty.

Burtie’s story starts when he was left abandoned in a box outside of Animal Aide in St. Thomas-Elgin in April of 2012. He was immediately whisked away to a nearby animal hospital where he was diagnosed as suffering from an injury, which probably came about after he was shot with a BB gun in his front right leg.

After a spell of recovery, it was decided that an amputation was the best way to ensure Burtie could live out his life with the playful verve all kittenish cats should be entitled to.

After a successful surgery, Burtie was placed in a foster home, where it’s said that he adapted to his surroundings like, well, any normal cat would.

“I would bounce down the hallway and jump here and there,” reports Burtie’s Facebook page of his introduction to this new abode.

Burtie’s foster situation quickly graduated to one of permanent residence, and he now enjoys a happy home with a couple of cat brothers. He has also snagged a pass for the very exclusive Allowed on the Dining Table Club. And just think — he did it all without the need of a darn unipod.

Mosey on over to Burtie’s Facebook page to check out his further adventures, along with the shenanigans of his two cat siblings!

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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.

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