A large, disabled tortoise was gifted a custom wheelchair and can walk again for the first time in years.
The 11-year-old Sulcata tortoise named George Bailey was born with a metabolic bone disease, according to a post shared by Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com.
Because of the disease, Bailey’s back legs didn’t develop properly, which meant that the tortoise had to drag himself with his front legs to get anywhere.
As the tortoise grew in size, getting around became more and more challenging. It’s possible that by the time the 70-pound animal reached his full size of around 200 pounds, he’d be completely immobile.
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Thankfully, the pet mobility company Walkin’ Pets gifted George Bailey a custom wheelchair so he could move comfortably for the first time in his life.
George Bailey was adopted by Jaime Loebener from an animal rescue in Knoxville, TN when he was just one year old. Since then, Bailey’s condition continued to worsen, but Loebener refused to give up hope.
Sulcata tortoises can live 100+ years and grow to around 200lbs, so Loebener knew he needed to do something about Bailey’s mobility before it was too late. After searching, Loebener heard of Walkin’ Pets and how they’d created a wheelchair for a smaller tortoise. Hopeful, they reached out to the company.
The company shared a video of George Bailey using his wheelchair on Facebook and it’s incredibly touching.
They said in the caption, “Introducing the FIRST-EVER giant tortoise in the Walkin’ Wheels, taking his very first steps!!”
They also shared a before and after video of how George Bailey walks on YouTube.
In the video, you can see that before the wheelchair, the tortoise was moving painfully slow and really struggling. But with the wheelchair, he was able to move at a normal pace and seems so much more comfortable!
It’s incredible what difference a little compassion, love, and dedication can do in the life of an animal in need.Whizzco