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Cat recuperating after losing ear to frostbite

The stray cat, who is recovering from frostbite, has been befriended by workers at the Animal Rescue League in Boston. The stray cat, who is recovering from frostbite, has been befriended by workers at the Animal Rescue League in Boston.
By Katherine Landergan
Globe Correspondent / February 26, 2011

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A stray cat that was befriended by workers at the Wentworth Institute of Technology is recovering from a severe case of frostbite that nearly claimed the animal’s life, according to the Animal Rescue League in Boston.

Wentworth maintenance workers were familiar with the cat, but had not seen it around campus for some time until it reappeared on Thursday, Jennifer Wooliscroft, communications director of the rescue league, said in a prepared statement yesterday.

The cat looked unhealthy so workers called the Animal Rescue League. As senior rescue technician Bill Tanguay was transporting the cat, its ear fell off, Wooliscroft said.

“When our shelter veterinarian examined her, she found that she had severe frostbite,’’ Wooliscroft said. “The padding on her paws was worn away, and we unfortunately had to remove her tail.’’

But Wooliscraft said that in spite of the cat’s troubles, she is expected to recover once the frostbite has been treated.

“Even though she’s had a pretty rough time, she’s making everyone here smile,’’ she said.

Wooliscraft said the cat, named Elsie Maude by the shelter staff, is recovering and should be healthy enough to be put up for adoption within a week.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe .com.