Disabled Duck Gets Specialized Wheelchair That Finally Allows Him To Waddle
Merlin is a disabled duck who was just given the ability to waddle for the first time thanks to a specialized wheelchair.
Merlin was born with a birth defect in his left leg that made it impossible for him to walk around. Back in November, Merlin was adopted by the Goats of Anarchy sanctuary in Annandale, New Jersey.
After his adoption, the sanctuary contacted Walkin’ Pets, a company based in Amherst, New Hampshire that was created in 2001. The company fits disabled pets with specially designed wheelchairs. Though the engineers at Walkin’ Pets typically just make wheelchairs for cats and dogs, they decided to make an acceptation for Merlin.
“I was thrilled my company was able to help a handicapped duck, our first one ever,” said Mark Robinson, the company’s founder.
Last month, Merlin was finally fitted with his wheelchair, and he could not have been happier with it! Mikayla Feehan, the social media coordinator for Walkin’ Pets, captured his first time waddling on camera in a video that has quickly gone viral.
“Watching [Merlin] take his first steps was really cool. Once he was all rigged up, it was truly amazing,” Mikayla said. “It’s not every day you get to see animals take their first steps. The wheelchair can go into water [but] we would just recommend avoiding salt water to keep the wheelchair in tip top shape. Since its beginning, the company has produced more than 50,000 wheelchairs for disabled pets all over the world.”
“To see Merlin taking his first steps in that wheelchair really warmed my heart,” she added.
Check out Merlin’s first waddle in the video below!