Injured baby raccoon able to walk again thanks to a custom-made wheelchair

Injured baby raccoon able to walk again thanks to a custom-made wheelchair

A baby raccoon from Arkansas that was left unable to walk after a traumatic brain injury has been given the gift of movement with a brand-new wheelchair.

The eight-week-old raccoon, Vittles, was left unable to support herself on all fours after the injury, the cause of which remains a mystery.

Without the intervention of wildlife rehab specialist, Susan Curtis, and pet wheelchair providers Walkin’ Pets, the possibility of Vittles surviving in the wild was next to impossible.

Thanks to the invention, Vittles is getting stronger and stronger every day.

Susan said: “She is such a happy little spirit with so much go! This baby wants to live and thrive.”

Vittles continues to live with care-giver Susan, along with a 10-year old raccoon with cerebral palsy named Beetlejuice.

While it is unlikely that she will make a full recovery, the raccoon will become a long-term resident at the state’s educational programme where she will continue with her rehabilitation.

- Press Association

More on this topic

Original Sooty TV puppet set to fetch more than €1,100 at auctionOriginal Sooty TV puppet set to fetch more than €1,100 at auction

Lightning strikes inside rainbow in ‘special’ footageLightning strikes inside rainbow in ‘special’ footage

Study of French postmen’s testicles awarded Ig Nobel prizeStudy of French postmen’s testicles awarded Ig Nobel prize

Jonah Hill responds to viral ‘tragedy’ of dropping his coffeeJonah Hill responds to viral ‘tragedy’ of dropping his coffee

More in this Section

'Alexa, sing an Irish rugby song': Smart device can give 'rousing rendition' of Ireland's Call'Alexa, sing an Irish rugby song': Smart device can give 'rousing rendition' of Ireland's Call

Cork city parking spaces transformed into pop-up parksCork city parking spaces transformed into pop-up parks

Google marks Friends’ 25th anniversary with animations in search resultsGoogle marks Friends’ 25th anniversary with animations in search results

Wandering panther rescued from roof in northern FranceWandering panther rescued from roof in northern France


Lifestyle

Against popular wisdom and flying a plane made from bamboo, wire and bike handlebars, a Co Antrim woman blazed a sky trail for aviation and for the independence of women, writes Bette BrowneMagnificent Lilian Bland blazed a trail for independence of women in her plane of bamboo

The epic battle for the bridge at Arnhem, as depicted in the blockbuster 'A Bridge Too Far', saw the Allies aim to end the war by Christmas 1944, but failed as a huge airborne assault force failed to take the last bridge across the Rhine. In an extract from his latest book 'A Bloody Week', Dan Harvey tells the story of one of the hundreds of brave men from Ireland who gave their all to the Allied campaignThe bridge to war: Dan Harvey's new book looks at the Irish who went a bridge too far

More From The Irish Examiner