Animals with disabilities don’t have an easy life, they have difficulties getting around on their own but out there we have countless kind people that will gladly help these souls in need.
Due to a leg condition a giant tortoise could barely move but one group was kind enough to secure him his own wheelchair.
The 11 year old tortoise named George Bailey got rescued by Jaime Loebener but the poor animal was born with a condition called metabolic bone disease, which caused his rear legs to underdeveloped.
This condition usually affects reptiles that were kept in captivity and came from the imbalance of calcium and phosphorus in their diets, according to Walkin’ Pets.
Tortoises aren’t known for being fast. George especially had a hard time getting his 70-pound body around.
“He uses his front legs to pull his way around slowly and clumsily,” Jaime told Walkin’ Pets. “The bigger he’s gotten, the more difficult this has been for him. He currently weighs close to 70 lbs., but may grow to weigh over 200 lbs.”
Tortoises usually live long and most of them reach 100 years, but it seemed like poor George would be immobile soon for the rest of its long life, but fortunately a solution was found.
Walkin’ Pets is a group that works to support aging and disabled animals. “There was a day when injured pets were ‘no good anymore,’” their mission statement reads. “When an animal was hurt, became lame or incontinent, or was for any reason no longer wanted, they were put down. Not anymore.”
After Jamie saw how Walkin Pets had helped an injured turtle named Scoot Reeves get a wheelchair, they may also help George.
And that happened George got his own wheelchair soon made from a mobility scooter and a harness that wrapped around his shell. They specifically made sure the wheelchair would be comfortable around the tortoise’s body.
This worked out amazingly and the tortoise finally was moving again on his own.
“[George Bailey] is very enthusiastic about his wheelchair,” Jaime told Walkin’ Pets.
Always thankful to the people who never get tired of helping animals.