Merlin the duck might’ve been born with an injured leg, but that doesn’t make him any less special. Actually, he might be the first duck you’ve ever seen sporting a wheelchair.
Last November, Merlin, a domestic duck which was immobile due to a birth defect in his left leg, was adopted by Goats of Anarchy Sanctuary in Annandale, New Jersey.
After having contacted “Walkin’ Pets” – a company from Amherst, New Hampshire which designs nifty wheelchairs for disabled pets, now Merlin the duck is able to waddle around the animal sanctuary where he lives with its custom-tailored wheelchair. Nothing holding him back now.
While the mini wheelchair model is usually used for cats and dog, the engineers at the ‘Walkin’ Pets’ modified it to accommodate the duck’s physique.
The founder of the company, Mark Robinson said:
I was thrilled my company was able to help a handicapped duck, our first one ever.
Merlin got his mini wheelchair earlier this month and the ‘Walkin’ Pets’ Social Media Coordinator, Mikayla Feehan captured the moment, adding:
We took a road trip to New Jersey earlier this month to visit Goats of Anarchy, who rescue disabled animals.
Feehan went on saying they’ve never made a wheelchair for a duck before, and that is was a special moment seeing Merlin take his first steps when they fixed him up in the mini wheelchair. After all, it’s not every day you get to see animals taking their first steps.
To see Merlin taking his first steps in that wheelchair really warmed my heart.
The wheelchair can go into the water, we would just recommend avoiding salt water to keep the wheelchair in tip-top shape.
Ever since the company was founded, they’ve produced over 50,000 wheelchairs for disabled pets that were distributed all over the world.
If this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve seen all week…