A duck named Merlin was born with a birth defect in his leg and was unable to move.
In 2018, Merlin was adopted by Goats of Anarchy Sanctuary in Annandale, New Jersey.
The sanctuary decided to fit him with a wheelchair so they contacted Walkin’ Pets that designs wheelchairs for disabled pets in Amherst, New Hampshire.
Watch the duck taking his first steps using a wheelchair
They fitted Merlin with a wheelchair that they specially modified for him as the company’s mini wheelchair model is usually used for cats and dogs.
Thanks to the wheelchair, Merlin can now waddle around.
Founder of Walkin’ Pets, Mark Robinson said: “I was thrilled my company was able to help a handicapped duck, our first one ever.”
Walkin’ Pets social media coordinator Mikayla Feehan captured the heartwarming moment Merlin waddling around in the wheelchair.
Feehan 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. The wheelchair can go into water we would just recommend avoiding salt water to keep the wheelchair in tip-top shape.”
“To see Merlin taking his first steps in that wheelchair really warmed my heart”, she added.
Walkin’ Pets was founded by Mark Robinson in 2001 and has already produced more than 50,000 wheelchairs for disabled pets all over the world.
The heartwarming video of Merlin taking his first steps was shared online and it instantly went viral, leaving people teary-eyed.
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