A piglet born without the use of its hind legs got a new lease on life when his owner gave him to a Florida veterinarian in January.
The disabled, 1-pound pig won Dr. Len Lucero over with his adorable snorts and grunts, and the veterinarian decided to adopt him.
Lucero named the piglet Chris P. Bacon after a video game character and took the little piggy to his Clermont, Fla., home, where he fashioned him a wheelchair out of K’nex construction toys. Using a veterinary version of the wrap used on sprains, Lucero attached the two-wheeled device to Chris P. Bacon and let him take it for a spin.
"He screamed and yelled. He didn't like it at first, but he got used to it,” Lucero told the Orlando Sentinel.
After a few minutes though, Chris P. Bacon seemed to take to his wheelchair, and Lucero shot a video of the tiny piglet testing out his new wheels in the living room. He posted the six-minute video on YouTube to share it with friends, but within a few days the video had hundreds of thousands of views.
"He gave a lot of snorts and grunts, and people just ate it up," Lucero said.
Today, Chris P. Bacon is an Internet sensation. He now weighs 5 pounds, has outgrown his original wheelchair and is getting too big for the second one that Lucero built for him.
But within a few weeks the piglet will be large enough to use a permanent wheeled device that will be donated by Handicappedpets.com, a company that customizes wheelchairs for special-needs animals.