27/01/2014 07:34 GMT | Updated 27/01/2014 11:59 GMT

Kitten Named Stockings Can Walk After Surgery On His Deformed Legs (VIDEO, PICTURES)

Pioneering surgery has enabled this kitten born with severely deformed legs to walk for the first time.

With his tiny back legs twisted into the shape of a “W”, most animal shelters would probably have decided the kindest thing would have been to euthanise Stockings.

But Chicago’s Tree House Humane Society took a chance on him and now he’s well on his way to leaping about like any other feline friend.

Check out his progress via these pictures and video below.

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