Baby hedgehog born unable to move back legs gets new mobility with tiny wheelchair

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Born unable to move his back legs, the only way Opie, a hedgehog, could get around was by scooting on his belly and dragging his back legs behind him.

Seeing his determination, Opie’s mom wanted to do everything she could to help Opie walk on his own. After hopping online to do some research, she came across Walkin’ Pets, a company that specializes in pet mobility and reached out to see if they could help.

The Walkin’ Pets team knew they had to help. They also knew the Opie’s wheelchair would need to be tiny. Weighing under a pound, Opie is a fraction of the size of most of the animals using a Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair. The company primarily creates wheelschairs for dogs, but has helped other animals, including a disabled, rescue mini horse that had been bitten by a poisonous snake on the back of her hoof and had to have her leg amputated.

mini-horse in wheelchair

Walkin’ Pets, a pet mobility company, offered their help, building mini-horse Teaspoon her own, full-support Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair. Teaspoon’s wheelchair will help support her and keep her moving throughout her rehabilitation process until she’s ready for a prosthetic limb.

Opie’s one-of-a-kind hedgehog wheelchair is the smallest wheelchair the company has ever built. Designed to be as lightweight as possible, the wheelchair frame was 3D printed ,which allowed the Walkin’ Pets team to reduce the wheelchair weight by nearly 60%. Since Opie is still a baby, his Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair is designed to adjust with him as he grows. It also features easy-to -maneuver roller ball wheels that allow Opie to steer in any direction.

Hedgehog mobility loss is not uncommon. Although Opie’s mobility problems likely occurred in utero, it more commonly stems from a condition known as Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome. Opie’s mom hopes that sharing his stoy will help other mobility challenged hedgehogs.

For more information about Walkin’ Pets, visit their site at: https://www.handicappedpets.com/

Source: Walkin’ Pets



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3 thoughts on “Baby hedgehog born unable to move back legs gets new mobility with tiny wheelchair

    1. It’s pretty incredible how these chairs are being custom made for dogs and other animals of varying sizes. It really gives the animals so much more quality of life.

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