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GOLDEN, Colo. — A kitten is thriving after an injury so severe, veterinarians weren’t sure it would survive.

The male kitten — now named Trooper for its resilience — was 10 days old when it was found under a porch with three siblings.

It appeared they had been attacked by a dog. Only two of the kittens survived.

After being taken to Foothills Animal Shelter, veterinarians decided Trooper would need emergency surgery to have a leg amputated.

While dangerous for such a young animal, Trooper made it through surgery. But it still wasn’t clear if he would fully recover and adapt to a life with three legs.

After two months of care, including bottle feeding and time at a foster home, Trooper is a happy cat.

“He is a rambunctious, healthy kitten that loves to play with toys. His missing limb doesn’t slow him down at all. Within one day of being available for adoption, Trooper found a home,” the shelter said.

Trooper spends time at his new home with another cat, and they quickly became friends.