It is so good to see someone think so much and invest time to develop a special wheel chair for a disabled duck.
The duck born with a problem with one of his legs can now move around easily thanks to the specially designed device.
Merlin, a domestic duck was adopted by the Goats of Anarchy Sanctuary in Annandale, New Jersey in November 2018. When Merlin arrived, they realized that he had issues with one leg and couldn’t walk or swim properly.
That is when the Walkin’ Pets entered the scene. They specialise in constructing bespoke walking and wheeling aids for animals.
The company first took a wheelchair that is ordinarily for cats and dogs. Then they did some special modifications and adjustments to the model to accommodate the duck.
Mark Robinson, who founded Walkin’ Pets back in 2001, said: “I was thrilled my company was able to help a handicapped duck, our first one ever.”
Earlier on in February, Merlin was equipped with his new wheels and Walkin’ Pets’ social media co-ordinator Mikayla Feehan was on hand to capture Merlin’s first steps.
She said: “We took a road trip to New Jersey earlier this month to visit Goats of Anarchy, who rescue disabled animals.
“Merlin was born with an injured leg and they reached out to us to fit him with a wheelchair.
“We have never made one for a duck so one of our engineers adjusted a mini quad wheelchair just for him. Watching him take his first steps was really cool.
“Once he was all rigged up, it was truly amazing. It’s not every day you get to see animals take their first steps.
“The wheelchair can go into water we would just recommend avoiding salt water to keep the wheelchair in tip top shape.”
Since starting out back in 2001, Walkin’ Pets has provided more than 50,000 animals from all across the world with a way of walking. That has to be a seriously rewarding job.
It sounds as if that’s a fair assessment. Mikayla continued: “To see Merlin taking his first steps in that wheelchair really warmed my heart.”
It’s such a satisfying job, indeed.