One Kentucky resident in love is learning to walk with an individual wheelchair and wishes from social media fans.
In the possum of Cuppi lived a difficult two years – he was born with birth defects that made his snout shorter, gave a more vertical forehead and only one eye.
He also has arthritis and scoliosis that prevent him from walking. But his friends at the Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center in London, Kentucky, where he is a permanent resident, have refused to allow their physical ailments to interfere with a happy life.
After merging with Walkin ‘Pets, Kewpie recently became the first known opossum to ride in a wheelchair, the organization announced.
Cuppie has always been a favorite of Tony Poindexter, the founder of the Wildlife Center.
“Cupy is my ambassador for education and is the most popular and beloved ambassador of all the children in the school where I give my wildlife presentations,” she wrote on Facebook.
“People love it“She added on the Walkin ‘Pets blog. “I made him my USDA ambassador for my educational presentations because he’s so loving.”
Poindexter was worried about Cuppie when he had trouble walking four months ago, she said in a statement. But after turning to the Walkin ‘Pets, the “first-ever opossum wheelchair” was built to allow the opossum to sniff around on its own again.
Tiny custom wheelchair it took a little getting used to to, but pretty soon Kyupi ventured on his own adventures and became “Mr. Independent, ”the Wildlife Center said in a statement.
With the help of donated wheels marsupials can more easily walk to the bathroom, get up and regain strength in the legs.
“Now with the wheels (he) has regained some dignity,” Poindexter said.
Kewpie even gathered fans on social media and received donations help fund his extensive care and medication at the Wildlife Center, where he has lived since childhood.
Although Cupie is almost 2 years old, he is was considered a senior possum given their average service life of 2 to 3 years. Now he will be able to stylishly live out his senior years.