Dead cat now a remote-controlled flying helicopter
There's something that doesn't just seem quite right about stuffing a dead cat and turning it into a remote-controlled flying helicopter.
Dutch artist Bart Jansen has done just that and debuted his creation, the "Orvillecopter", at the KunstRai ArtFair in Amsterdam at the weekend.
Jansen describes the "Orvillecopter" - so named because the cat used was called Orville - as "half cat, half machine". Orville had belonged to Jansen and died after he was hit by a car.
“After a period of mourning, he received his propellers posthumously,” Jansen said.
A video posted to YouTube shows the flying feline slowly hover a few metres in the air in a park, it's body permanantely spread eagle with propellors on its front paws.
Jansen teamed up with radio control helicopter expert Arjen Beltman after having a taxidermist preserve the pussy cat
The "Orvillecopter" doesn’t fly quite right, however, a glitch Jansen hopes to fix.
''He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday,'' Jansen said, adding that he hoped the upgrades will allow for a more ''steady flight.''