Last week we told you about the ingenius pet lover who fashioned an underwater wheelchair for his pet goldfish.
This week, we bring you the story of Chris P. Bacon (Get it? Don’t worry, it’s just an homage to a video game.), a disabled piglet with his own set of wheels.
Chris was born without the use of his back legs. His owner (at the time) was unsure how to care for him and assumed that euthanasia might be the only viable option, so she brought him to the vet. However, Len Lucero, the vet who adopted and now cares for Chris, literally saved his bacon.
Chris was only a few days old when Lucero fashioned a wheelchair made of K’Nex toy parts and attached it to the one-pound pig. At first, Chris was not a fan of the device.
He screamed, yelled,” Lucero says. “He didn’t like it at first, but he got used to it.”
Before long, though, Chris was happily wheeling around, grunting and squeaking as he tested his newfound mobility (see below).
Chris has since outgrown that first wheelchair, and is nearly too big for his current one. Fortunately, at five pounds, he’s almost large enough to settle into one of the permanent devices made by HandicappedPets, a company that provides wheelchairs for disabled animals.
In the meantime, Chris’ stardom is only growing. Not only have his YouTube videos gone viral, but he has extremely popular Facebook and Twitter accounts. Additionally, “I Love Chris P. Bacon” shirts are also in the works, the proceeds of which will be used for the pig’s care.
“He’s the best-looking pig out there,” says Cindy Drescher, a vet tech who spends every day with Chris. “He’s going to be more famous than Arnold from ‘Green Acres.’”
That might be true, since Chris has already booked a TV appearance. For more on the piglet and his savior, tune in to today’s episode of “Anderson Cooper 360″ — the pair are scheduled to appear.