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The separation from a beloved furry friend who dies can be too much for some pet lovers.
Some owners may opt to have their much-missed animal buddy stuffed and mounted to maintain that companionship so familiar around the home, rather than the more conventional approach of having their cherished chum cremated or burying them in the back garden.
But it seems unlikely that many would choose the approach taken by one Dutchman – and transform their passed away pet into a hybrid helicopter cyborg.
That was the unusual ultimate fate of cat Orville, named after aviator Orville Wright, after he was run over by a car.
Artist Bart Jansen decided to pay tribute to his pussy pal by turning him into a piece of artwork, a moggy chopper.
Orville was stuffed before Jansen turned to radio control helicopter flyer Arjen Beltman, who constructed a specially-designed flying mechanism to attach to the cat.
Named the Orvillecopter, the unique piece is now on display at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.
Describing the contraption as “half cat, half machine”, Jansen insisted the use of the cat’s remains was respectful and honoured a life well lived.
“After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously,” said the artist.
Adding that Orville will soon be “flying with the birds”, Jansen said: “Oh how he loved birds.
“He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday. So this hopping will soon change into steady flight.”
If Orville had been transformed into a plane instead, would he have created a “meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeow” sound while flying overhead?