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Polar Vortex, a stray that came to the Animal Allies shelter in Superior with severe frostbite, purrs in the arms of vet technician Liberty Cronin Friday at the shelter. The cat is expected to undergo surgery this week to remove his frostbitten tail and teeth, which were damaged by severe gingivitis unrelated to the cold. (Maria Lockwood)

Frostbitten feline finds care

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The frostbitten cat was found under a Superior porch and taken to the Animal Allies Humane Society shelter last week. The weather had claimed his tail and much of his ears.

But Friday, Polar Vortex was purring in the arms of vet technician Liberty Cronin. The tip of one ear had already fallen off; the other was slowly ripping away, dead from the cold. His tail was a stiff, fur-wrapped weight, hooked at the end as if it were still curled around the cat’s body.

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