Skateboard wheelchair for Wheelz the special needs bunny

A farm couple that found a paralyzed baby bunny this winter, used a miniature skateboard from the Dollar Store to help him get around. Jason and Sonja Ambrosino, assisted by friends and farm hands Charlie Parker and Christine Griffith, operate a small hobby farm/home stead in upstate NY where they have many pets and raise goats, chickens, turkey, pigs, enjoy horses, and of course raise rabbits. The couple at Overlook Acres discovered “Wheelz” the bunny outside in frigid temperatures.

Wheels the special needs bunny wheelchair

“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,” Jason Ambrosino wrote on a YouTube video page.

“After a few days of warmth he was eating normal but wasn’t 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 didn’t 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 manufacture a mini wheelchair 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??”

    Inside Edition featured “Wheelz” and his human caretaker:

    Sadly, Wheelz passed away this past February. Ambrosino has started a Kickstarter page, which he hopes will fund a children’s book about his story.


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