Internet Helps Guinea Pig Walk Again With Tiny Custom Wheelchair


Estella is a darling guinea pig who’s unable to move her lower body. She was found on the side of the road in the spring of 2015 in Calaveras Country, California together with her guinea pig “beau,” Pip. They were abandoned by their previous owner. He squeezed Estella so hard she broke her back and lost control of her lower body.

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The two rodents were dropped at a shelter by the person that found them on the side of the road and after a month they found peace at Harvest Home.

The Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, in French Camp, California launched a Facebook fundraiser to build a device that could help Estella move. She needed a custom wheelchair like the ones used by dogs or cats, only smalller. A lot smaller.

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“The chair is now built but we need to make a few more adjustments for her to ride,” Christine Morrissey, sanctuary manager at Harvest Home, told The Huffington Post. “The wheelchair is designed as an exercise mechanism … to increase her enrichment and activity level.”

“A volunteer at the shelter reached out to see if we could rescue the pair,” Morrissey said. “Of course, we said yes.”

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The best part about this story, beside the fact that the two cute critters were rescued, is that the sanctuary successfully raised the money to build Estella’s custom chair.

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“Today, she is our treasured comeback kid,” Morrissey said. “We are so inspired by her relentless resiliency and infectious positivity.”


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