Pet owner makes a wheelchair for her disabled rabbit
An injured rabbit has been given her own wheelchair – after her owner snubbed the advice of vets to put her down.
Melanie James refused to give up on the four-year-old and designed her a chariot.
And Melanie, who runs an animal charity, said her pethas been given a new lease of life.
She said: “When the vet said the nicest thing to do would be to put her down, she still had so much life.
“I’ve actually seen dogs in wheelchairs and I thought ‘if it works for a dog, then why not a rabbit?’
“It took her two days to take to the wheelchair but it’s given her so much independence.
Bertha was injured when a fracture to her back leg went unnoticed.
She needed daily treatment to avoid getting an infection and a vet decided she should be put down.
But Melanie, from Silloth on Solway, Cumbria, was determined to give her a second chance.
She added: “The vet and myself can’t believe how well the wheelchair is actually working so we’ve got everything crossed that it will go to plan.
“The majority, maybe 98% of people, think I’m doing really well and that it’s great how she’s adapted but you still get the odd one saying she’d be better off put down.
“My answer to that is that wherever there is still life, everything deserves a chance.”