A baby raccoon with limited mobility recently received the most heartwarming gift from her caretakers: a custom-made wheelchair built for her tiny frame.
The raccoon, which is named Vittles, needed support after a traumatic brain injury left her unable to live in the wild on her own, WJW reported. Vittles had mobility issues and wasn’t able to balance on all fours, however, Susan Curtis, a wildlife rehab specialist who specializes in the rehabilitation of raccoons in Arkansas, teamed up with Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com to get the cute animal her own mini wheelchair.
Vittles might not make a full recovery, however, the wheelchair is helping her get back on her feet. With the wheelchair, Vittles will begin to develop muscles needed to stabilize her body and work to build up her core support, according to a Walkin’ Pets blog post.
Curtis is taking care of Vittles and her “sibling” Beetlejuice, a 10-year-old raccoon with cerebral palsy. Curtis aims to have Vittles join her long term non-release program and Arkansas’ state educational program.
“She is such a happy little spirit with so much go,” Curtis said in the blog post. “This baby wants to live and thrive.”