Paraplegic porcupine saved from death by $5 DIY wheelchair made from plumbing pipe
A paraplegic porcupine is now able to whizz around thanks to a DIY wheelchair crafted out of plastic plumbing pipes.
The disabled rodent was about to be put down, when a worker at the Piracicaba Municipal Zoo in Sao Paulo, Brazil suggested making it a chair similar to the ones she had seen for dogs on YouTube.
It cost less than $5 to make the miniature buggy, which has a sling to take the weight off the animal’s lower body and wheels in place of its hind legs.
Video footage shows the female porcupine strapped into the wheelchair and scurrying around.
It arrived at the Piracicaba Municipal Zoo on May 12 after being rescued from a nightclub.
Environmental police believed it had sustained spinal injuries after falling from a roof but vets since suspect that it was beaten on the back.
Marianna Cury, director of the zoo, told local press: ‘We suspect that the female has taken a stick in the back, because the species is used to climbing trees or other high places.
'Even if it fell, it would not suffer a serious injury like this.'
Although the porcupine is healthy, vets contemplated the possibility of euthanasia, since it was unable to walk.
However, Jhesebel Santana, 22, a trainee vet, suggested the construction of ‘wheelchair’ special.
The spiny critter is currently adapting to using the contraption and is being kept in an isolated room.
It is hoped it will join its fellow species when it has mastered the art of getting around.
adoptpets: How in the world could someone abuse this innocent creature? God bless Jhesebel to have the compassion to save this cutie. Amazing how just $5 & a little compassion saved this baby from death. Hopefully, they’ll make a little better wheelchair in the future so the porcupine can get around even better, but for the short term this contraption will work just fine.