A 1-year-old opossum who was born with one back leg shorter than the other and scoliosis recently gained new mobility thanks to a custom wheelchair.
Kewpie, a dwarf, snub-nosed opossum, cannot survive in the wild and has been at the Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center since he was a baby.
As he got older, Kewpie could no longer support his weight on his back legs and dragged his back legs behind him. He was diagnosed with osteoporosis in his left leg and hip bone, a painful condition that would make mobility a real challenge for the opossum.
The Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center reached out to Walkin’ Pets, a pet mobility company. The Walkin’ Pets team had never built a wheelchair for an opossum before and was excited to help, offering to donate the tiny custom-made cart.
The first-ever Walkin’ Wheels opossum wheelchair provides Kewpie with the support he needs to stand up and walk on his own.
According to wildlife center founder Tonya Poindexter, Kewpie is adjusting well to a life on wheels, “Kewpie is still learning how his new wheels work for him. He seems to be figuring out it’s easier than dragging himself across the floor, and he’s a ‘Mr. Independent’ so holding him and carrying him is alright to him a little, but he likes to go on his own adventures.”
Check out video of Kewpie using his chair and to see why he’s the undisputed star of educational programs helds by the center: