[Vision2020] Caturday (May 30, 2015)

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Sat May 30 06:47:17 PDT 2015

Lil' Bunny Sue Roux, a two-legged 'bunny cat' becomes Instagram's latest feline sensation. Have a hopping good Caturday

Courtesy of the Daily Mail (London, England) at:


That's one paw-pular kitten! Two-legged 'bunny cat' becomes Instagram's latest feline sensation

- Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux, who is known as Roux, has amassed 50,000 followers in just one month
- The cat was born without her two front legs as the result of a congenital abnormality 
- New Orleans resident Jackie Deak Akey rescued Roux in October 2014 after she was 'surrendered' to a shelter

A two-legged kitten has become something of an online celebrity after building up an 50,000-strong following on Instagram, just one month after her account was created. 

Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux, known to her friends as Roux, was rescued by New Orleans-based Jackie Deak Akey in October 2014, having been 'surrendered' to an animal shelter after she was born without her front two legs as the result of a congenital abnormality.

But, as owner Jackie explained to MeowBox, that hasn't stopped the adorable one-year-old feline from living an incredibly happy life. 'Roux has adapted her special walk by not just walking on her back paws but by keeping the lowest portion of her hind legs flat for more balance, like a kangaroo,' Jackie explained. 

Her nubs swing back and forth while she walks but they do not touch the ground. 
'When she wants to move quickly or play (her favorite move is to run after and tackle her sister Graybee) she hops with both back legs in unison like a rabbit. She can move very fast when she wants to!' 

According to Jackie, Roux may need to be fitted with prosthetic legs when she gets older, particularly if the hopping starts to take its toll on her back, however at the moment, her devoted owner says that her 'back legs are quite strong and she can leap impressively high'.

And it is Roux's unique bunny hop that helped to earn her such a special moniker too. 
'[Roux's] full name is Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux Hendrickson Deak Akey!' Jackie explained to MeowBox.

'Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux is a play on the children’s poem, “Little Bunny Foo Foo”. Lil’ Bunny because she hops like a bunny.'

She added that the name Sue was given to her because 'she moves like a T. Rex and Sue is the nickname of the largest, most extensive and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found', while Roux is a New Orleans twist on Roo, which is 'short for kangaroo because she leaps like one'. 

The name Hendrickson is the surname of the paleontologist who discovered the T. Rex for whom Roux was originally named. 

Last, but by no means least, Deak and Akey are the last names of Jackie and her husband, respectively. 

But to her ever-increasing band of Instagram followers, the unique feline is known simply as Roux. 

And despite her disabilities, Jackie explains that really she is no different to any other cat, and finds enjoyment in many of the same activities that all four-legged felines love doing too. 

'Roux likes eating, sleeping, stretching her nubs, stretching her back legs, hogging bed space, chin scratches, propping her nubs on various things like chair rungs, begging for more treats, pouncing on her sister Graybee, flinging her little mouse toy with her mouth, watching the fish tank, bird watching out the window, and giving scratchy tongue kisses on my nose,' Jackie added. 

But without a doubt, it is Roux's unique and impressive hopping skills that have helped to earn her such a huge number of followers on her Instagram account, which was started by Jackie last month and has grown in popularity ever since, boasting a current total of just under 47,000 followers.

And on every picture and video that Jackie posts of Roux, her followers are full of praise for the cute kitten, leaving dozens of comments in which they compliment both Roux's sweet nature, and Jackie's dedication to ensuring her cat has a good life.

'I seriously just love this sweety, thank you for sharing her with us! So freaking adorable!' one person commented on a recent picture posted to the account, while another added: 'You have such a beautiful cat and she's like the greatest gem i ever seen so far. 

'She's lucky to have a saint like u looking after her. I'm glad this special kitty is in good hands. [sic]' 

A third noted: 'Absolutely in love with ur page glad to see such caring people that love there pets no matter what! Nice to have people like you in this world. [sic]'


Photos . . .

Standing tall: Two-legged kitten Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux Hendrickson Deak Akey, known as Roux, has amassed an impressive following on Instagram, gaining nearly 50,000 followers in just one month.

Lean on me: According to her owner, New Orleans resident Jackie Deak Akey, Roux's disability is the result of a congenital abnormality 

Furry friend: The 'bunny' part of Roux's name was given to her because of the distinctive hop she has developed in order to get around 

Fiesty: Despite her disabilities, Roux is still able to make her presence known - and often meows very loudly while waiting for food

Sweet dreams: According to Jackie, some of Roux's favorite activities include 'eating, sleeping, stretching her nubs, stretching her back legs, hogging bed space, chin scratches'


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Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho
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