Despite severe injuries from a fight with another rooster, one lucky rooster named Roo gets a shot at a happy ending.
Roo's injuries included a broken beak and swelling of the brain that prevented him from walking. Darcy Smith, a retired police officer, adopted Roo and shared his dire situation on her Facebook page:
"A few weeks ago during the fires, we took in another rooster that was evacuated, that rooster was kept in a separate cage and the chicken got intimidated by him cause he was very big so he tried to fight that rooster through the cage."
In an amazing stroke of luck, an anonymous donor ordered the injured rooster a custom chicken wheelchair from a woman in Murrumbeena, Australia.
This unusual poultry wheelchair allows Roo to stand and gives him some mobility to recover from his injuries. Darcy's daughter also gives Roo physical therapy by massaging his legs and helping him learn to walk in the wheelchair.
Roo’s first physical therapy appointment with Dr. J. It went really well..he has a long way to go but we will get him there!-❤️ Funky ChickenChicken Therapy Chairs
Posted by Funky Chicken on Friday, November 17, 2017
Miranda Boulton is the woman behind these ingenious chicken wheelchairs. She first began making custom chicken wheelchairs earlier this year. She has since made over a hundred in trying to keep up with the demand from the United States, New Zealand, Denmark, Germany, Canada, and the UK.
Boulton told ABC news:
"It's just me in the garage and in the spare bedroom doing all the sewing. It's not profitable, it's a labor of love."
And be sure to follow Roo's adventures on the Funky Chicken Facebook page. We are looking forward to seeing a fully recovered Roo!
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