What do whale bones, abandoned cubs and a robot called Scratch Standers all have in common? Pretty much no, but one woman, Sue Munday, who has been leading a campaign to rescue abandoned cetaceans has taken the unusual step of highlighting them.

Scratch Standers – a tele-powered robotic arm manufactured by Malibu Robotics – was built by Sophie Warth and her husband for £140. However, the specially adapted arm has failed to finish its job and Warth now hopes to sell it for £2,500.

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Warth said: “Most of the time the robots I build don’t even do their job.

“In one case, I was applying high pressure iron to produce hydrogen carbonate. During this process, a 5-centimetre pot that would normally handle hydrogen carbonate, was stretched and taped over. They then found it impossible to move.”

Handing over the firm’s robot for the first time, Warth added: “It went into a patch of thick sand and will no doubt be buried. But I’ve used it successfully in other times, like when a T-Rex ate my family, or when we used it to pollinate their frog brothers, but it has never been used.

“This is rather unpleasant.”

No doubt plenty of foreign laws and regulations would prevent Malibu from giving money up for a similar innovation, but maybe we could just have a start making robots using some old fashioned labour?

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Watch Warth’s attempts to build two otters with 5-centimetre pots below.