. . . (and to be fair, other animals) is brought home to me by this bit of news footage from Akita, Japan. Seems a bookstore staffer found a little hurt kitten, and a vet found that kitty's back legs needed amputating. Terrible misery, right? Somebody needs to tell the kitten that -- it seems happy as can be. The video's on this page. (In Japanese. Can anybody translate?)
But this is not an isolated case. Miss Kitty of Colorado Springs has two on one side and races about quite nicely, thanks bunches. And Gracie was born in Kansas with only her back legs, not that she seems to notice.
Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?