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Gumby becomes a literal figure


WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's hard to imagine intentionally hurting a household pet but sadly, it happens. Two Winona college students heard a kitten meowing in pain outside their home and called animal control.

That's when animal control officer Aditi Terpstra showed up to find the kitten with his rear left leg twisted and glued upside down to his spine by his front shoulder.

The cat was taken to the humane society and after some trial and error his leg was unglued.

Workers say it must have been stuck with some kind of industrial strength adhesive because neither alcohol nor acetone would budge his paw from his back.

But surprisingly the leg was not broken and that gave way to the perfect name for this little guy.

Terpstra says, "We gave him the name Gumby, named after the cartoon character who could bend his body in incredible ways and come back to normal. That's what we thought of when we saw his leg twisted around."

Staff at the humane society say other than the possibility of some minor nerve damage Gumby will be completely healed, and the investigation will continue into finding who did this.

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