Kitty of the Day: Mercury Won't Let His Missing Limbs Stop Him From Doing Anything

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This little guy is a testament to all of us for facing life's challenges and overcoming them.

Mercury

Meet Mercury: a 7-week-old kitten who loves to run, jump, play and wrestle. The only thing that sets him apart from any other kitten is that fact that he's missing his front two legs and most of his toes. It's believed that Mercury was the victim of a weed whacker incident, based on yard work that had been done around the neighborhood. He was taken in and nursed back to health. Despite his challenges, he is able to run and play like most any other kitten!

Mercury

Way to go, Mercury!

PSA of the Day: Disabled Mannequins Displayed in Department Store Windows

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Zurich advocacy group Pro Infirmis created this moving video in which mannequins were created not in the form of perfection, but to display bodies of the disabled with diseases like scoliosis or those with missing limbs. The mannequins were displayed in department store windows with the hope that they would bring further awareness to narrow expectations of fashion and support the acceptance of those with disabilities.

Early Bird Special

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Three years after a rocket-propelled grenade blew off Private Jaco van Gass's left arm while he was serving in Afghanistan, the 25-year-old South African is busy testing an invention of his own design -- a prosthetic ice axe -- as he prepares to climb Mount Everest in May, alongside five fellow injured servicemen.

"I came up with the idea to attach an ice axe to one of my prosthetics, so I kind of challenged the guys at Headley Court (a military rehab center in the U.K.) to see how we could get this done. ... The ice axe is there for back-up. Once we do stuff like the Lhotse ice face and the Hillary Step, it might come into aid. It's there for the places where I could slip and I'm not attached to a fixed rope."

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