Animal Amputees In Frankenstein's Cat

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In the novel, Frankenstein’s Cat, chapter six “Pin the Tail on the Dolphin”, the topic of physically modifying an animal for advanced researches in prostheses is analyzed. The audience is introduced to a dolphin named Winter, who lost her tail in an incident where it was caught in a crab trap. Her tail was snagged so tightly, that the circulation was cut off, resulting in her tail having to be amputated. Winter was taken to a facility known as the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where she was cared for, and the idea for developing a prosthesis for her began. Two prosthetist by the name of Carrol and Strzempka immediately took action and began developing Winter a new tail by creating a prosthesis that would both be snug on her slippery skin as well…show more content…
By Winter being an animal amputee, it provides a sense of motivation for the children showing them that life can still be enjoyable after losing a limb. Visiting the aquarium serves as a psychological vacation where they can relax and be calm without thinking of their own issues, while watching Winter swim or even getting into the tank with her. For adult amputees, Winter has served as an ambassador for her trademarked dolphin gel that was produced especially for her. The gel has worked simultaneously as a great fit for Winter as well as humans. Anthes says, “ The material, which grips the skin better than the liners commonly used with people, has proven especially useful for amputee athletes, whose replacement limbs start to slide off when they sweat ”(Anthes 130). Although tragic, Winter’s accident was a blessing to others, because if it had not of happened, her role in the lives of many amputees would not be as important. Animal amputees are beneficial to the lives of human amputees, because they provide a sense of hope by showing others that losing a limb does not put limitations on your life or cripple you in any kind of…show more content…
Anthes goes on to say, "A dolphin without a tail, or with a human-fashioned one, is not a great candidate for survival in the wild” (Anthes 129). Winter would now be some sort of cyborg in common terms, because she would be permanently different from other dolphins due to her tail. Winter's life would change drastically, because although these types of alterations seem beneficial at the spur of the moment, the toll that it takes on the animal's life is unimaginable. If released into the wild, she would struggle with finding a family and searching for food would be a hassle as she would always have to fight off predators alone rather than with a group because of her difference. Also, Winter would be confined to the tiny aquarium space at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for the rest of her life, leaving her no chance of experiencing life in the wild ever again. An animal should not have to endure the physical and emotional pain associated with receiving prosthetics because it is simply unnatural, and a normal life style would be hard to

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