George Bailey is an 11-year-old Sulcata Tortoise who was saved from an exotic animal rescue in Knoxville.
Born with a metabolic bone disease, George’s bones never fully developed in his back legs, leaving them weak and unable to support his own weight.
He currently weighs close to 70 pounds but may grow to the point at which he weighs 200 pounds.
Jaime Loebener, who cares for the tortoise, said in a press release, “He uses his front legs to pull his way around slowly and clumsily. The bigger he’s gotten, the more difficult this has been for him.”
Since a Sulcata Tortoise can live to be over 100 years old, Loebener knew she needed to find a solution to help George to walk on his own. After searching online she found Walkin’ Pets, a pet mobility company based out of New Hampshire, that had previously built a custom wheelchair for a much smaller tortoise named Scoot Reeves who weighed just a few pounds.
The Walkin’ Pets team designed a custom tortoise wheelchair with a special base featuring a convex support structure to accommodate the natural contour of George’s under shell and a harnessing system designed to expand with George as he grows.
George took to his new wheels right away. You can see him using them in the video below.
Source: Walkin’ Pets