Disabled piglet using wheelchair becomes Internet sensation

Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:18pm EST
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By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Prospects for a disabled farm animal born without the use of its hind legs are normally grim.

That is not the case for Chris P. Bacon, a month-old piglet from Florida whose videotaped struggle to learn how to use a tiny wheelchair have turned him an Internet sensation.

"He's cute. He grunts. And he's got a pretty cute little wheelchair," said veterinarian Len Lucero, trying to explain why his YouTube video of Chris's exploits have logged more than 474,000 views in two weeks.

After a client who could not care for Chris dropped him off at Lucero's veterinary hospital in Clermont, Florida, 30 miles west of Orlando, Lucero grabbed pieces from a child's set of K'nex construction toys to build a tiny wheelchair to mobilize the rear-end of the pink-and-white piglet.

The six-minute video shows Chris, then one pound and 10 days old, struggling with the contraption on Lucero's living room rug.

Chris walks on his front legs while lifting and holding the wheelchair off the ground. He grunts and roots around in the rug for food. He drinks lamb formula out of a baby bottle and wears a wet milk mustache.

Two other YouTube videos of Chris playing with a stuffed yellow duck and waking up in an incubator attracted another 160,000 views.

More than 14,000 people have clicked on "like" the "Chris P Bacon Pig on Wheels" Facebook page, and 1,000 people follow him on Twitter.   Continued...

The piglet known across the internet as Chris P. Bacon examines his new wheelchair on the office floor of veterinarian and owner Len Lucerno in Clermont, Florida February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Audette