A baby goose at a Charlotte area animal shelter is receiving an assist as it recovers from a leg injury: The shelter gave the goose a wheelchair so it can walk again.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said the goose, named PJ, had legs that weren’t straight for months before he was recently brought to the shelter in Indian Trail.
The rescue said it was able to put PJ in the wheelchair and eventually straighten his legs, though the gosling will most likely have to stay in the chair for a couple months as he gathers strength to walk on his own. It’s important for PJ to learn to walk again, the shelter said, because a goose of its size would have a diminished quality of life without mobility.
“Hopefully (the wheelchair) will help to keep his muscles strong and his legs straight,” the shelter wrote on its Facebook page.
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The shelter has posted multiple videos of PJ’s progress that have received thousands of views and praise from viewers wishing the animal luck as it heals.
“I pray he makes it..... he is adorable and deserves a good, long life,” one person wrote.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said PJ has “a tough road” ahead to fully recover, but the rescue said the bird was brought to the shelter at the right time.
“Another week, it would have already been too late,” Jennifer Gordon, director of the rescue, told WCNC. The shelter promised to keep PJ’s new fans updated on his progress through regular videos on Facebook.
LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS