Some people love their cats so much that when the animal(s) expire, they have them stuffed so they can still gaze upon their beloved companion.
An artist in Amsterdam, however, has taken this concept to a new, shall we say “higher,” level.
After Bart Jansen’s cat, named Orville, was killed by a car, the man created the Orvillecopter, which he describes as “half-cat, half-machine” on a YouTube video (see below). Jansen took a Lotus T580 radio-controlled helicopter and stretched Orville’s tanned hide over the top of the craft — almost like a canvas – with a propeller at the end of each paw.
“This is Orvillecopter’s first test flight,” Jansen claims on the video’s description. “Soon [he’ll] be flying with the birds. Oh how he loved birds. He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday.”
The cat was named after Orville Wright, who, along with his brother Wilbur, is credited with building the world’s first successful airplane.
If you’re speechless, don’t worry — we are too.
Watch the video of the Orvillecopter’s first flight:
Want more? Footage of Orville’s “final test” is also on YouTube.