There are animals in the world who are unable to move, maybe due to some kind of disease or maybe be they have been through an accident. It is believed by the Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com that such animals also need be happy. Therefore they are creating custom wheelchairs for animals. Here’s a story of a tortoise who walks with the help of a custom wheelchair.
This tortoise George Bailey of 11 years, is a Sulcata tortoise. He has difficulties with walking, as he was born with a metabolic disease. It’s difficult for him as his backs legs aren’t well developed. He had been rescued from an exotic animal rescue in Knoxville, Tennessee by Jaime Loebener. Jaime had said that the tortoise uses his front legs to walk slowly. And that it’s difficult for him as he grows. The tortoise now weighs about 70lbs and would grow up to a weight of 200lbs.
These tortoises have a lifespan of about 100 years, therefore Jaime had thought that it was necessary to help him out. Jaime had come through a story of the first turtle who had used a wheelchair from Walkin’ Pets, Scoot Reeves. Then she had gone to Walkin’ Pets with the hope that even Gorge would be able to have a wheelchair.
A wheelchair having a base with a convex support structure to accommodate the natural contour of his undershell was created by the team at Walkin’ Pets. They had said that he might not be the fastest animal but that steady wins the race. The wheelchair also has a harness that expands when the animal grows. Also had said that he won’t be going anywhere too quickly as he needs to get comfortable with it. Also had said that these tortoises have a convex contour under their shell that their engineer was able to support using an additional cushion on top of the scooter base.
George was then introduced to his wheelchair by Jaime and he had been comfortable with it. Jaime had said that the wheelchair George got was amazing and that she put him on it and he was able to walk around by himself.
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