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Kitten rescued after paws frozen in ice

Credits: MYRIAM BOURASSA

ELIANE THIBAULT | QMI AGENCY

SHERBROOKE, Que. — A kitten named Polo nearly went through all of his nine lives when he was found frozen in the ice, standing up.

An animal shelter in Quebec's Eastern Townships is slowly nursing the eight-month-old feline back to health.

Polo had to have part of his tail and ears amputated after children found him in frigid temperatures on Christmas Day in Sherbrooke, Que., two hours east of Montreal.

It's unknown how the cat got itself in the predicament.

His legs were very swollen due to frostbite.

"When he was found, he was almost dead," said Cathy Bergeron, spokeswoman for the local SPCA.  The family took Polo into their home and warmed him up by the wood stove before calling the SPCA. Polo has undergone several operations since Christmas, but is now recovering. The owner isn't known, so the kitten will be ready for adoption as soon as he regains his strength.

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