A duck born with a lame left leg can now waddle around thanks to a specially-tailored wheelchair.
Domestic duck Merlin was adopted by Goats of Anarchy Sanctuary in Annandale, New Jersey, USA, in November 2018 but was immobile due to a birth defect in his leg.
The sanctuary contacted Walkin’ Pets, a business which designs and fits disabled pets with nifty wheelchairs in Amherst, New Hampshire.
Engineers worked to modify the company’s mini wheelchair model, usually used for cats and dogs, to help accommodate Merlin’s physique.
Mark Robinson, who founded Walkin’ Pets in 2001, said: “I was thrilled my company was able to help a handicapped duck, our first one ever.”
Merlin was fitted with his new wheels on February 8 and the moment was captured on camera by Walkin’ Pets Social Media Coordinator Mikayla Feehan.
Mikayla 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 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.”