From Grumpy Cat to Chemistry Cat, pictures, memes, and videos of felines make up some of the web's most viral content. Four years ago one inventor took the internet by storm with his flying cat drone. CNN even did a story on it: the 'Copter Cat' video has over 1 million views on Youtube.
Inventor Bart Jansen missed his cat Orville, who was named after one of the Wright Brothers, and wanted a way to honor his deceased furry friend. He partnered up with his coworker and engineer Arjen Beltman to build the cat drone. Now he has a new invention in mind.
The Dutch inventor says he's working on a cow for his next flying contraption. He wanted to use an animal that is large enough to transport people. He admits it's weird and right now he's waiting while a tannery prepares the cow's skin.
Some people love Jansen's work so much that they request their own flying pets; most of the requests come from Americans. He asks that interested customers send him animals that have already been taxidermied. He lets them know that the finished product will not look exactly like it did when it was alive. But he thinks that's the fun part, the mystery of the masterpiece.
Other than a cow and a cat, Jansen has worked with several other animals. He doesn't hunt, he only uses roadkill to construct his masterpieces. He has converted an ostrich, a rat and a shark into flying drones and a beaver into a submarine. Who knows? Maybe one day he'll decide to make pigs fly.