A bunny named Wheelz is inspiring everyone on the Internet with his big heart, tiny body and super speed —despite being paralyzed from the waist down.
Wheelz had a rough start to life. When he was just a baby bunny, he wandered away from his mama on a cold day at Overlook Acres (a farm in upstate New York) and got into a tussle with a larger rabbit, according to the farm’s Facebook page. Wheelz sustained a severe injury that caused him to lose the use of his back legs.
But the injury didn’t slow this little bunny down. Wheelz didn’t seem to be in any pain, and amazingly, by pulling himself around on his front legs, he was faster than the other bunnies! So his owners got him a skateboard toy at the dollar store and created a makeshift wheelchair for him to zip around on. The Internet quickly fell in love.
Sometimes with farm life you have to make hard decisions….like putting down an animal because the quality of life is no longer good. However, at Overlook Acres we do what we can. Over the past few weeks we have had about 6 litters of bunnies born. We lost many to the frigid temperatures of upstate New York. But thanks to Christine Griffith she took the remaining bunnies inside and bottle fed each one. I found this little guy in the barn stiff and half frozen and brought him inside. After a few days of warmth he was eating normal but wasnt moving his back legs. It appeared he was paralyzed from his belly down. Normally this circumstance would result in putting the animals down and out of his misery but he didnt seem to be in any pain. He managed to still pull himself around the floor and was moving faster than the other babies. So, Christine took it upon herself to buy a $1 skateboard toy at the dollar store and manuifacture a mini wheel chair body for this little guy. He is as happy as can be and loves his speed. Share the video if you would like. Who doesn’t love a baby bunny in a wheelchair??
Posted by Overlook Acres on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Following an overwhelming response to the cuteness of Wheelz on wheels, his owners have started a Kickstarter campaign to create an illustrated children’s book about Wheelz’s inspiring journey.
A tiny bunny rolling with life’s punches and overcoming the odds? That’s definitely a story that needs to be told.