A disabled piglet has charmed thousands online with his name — Chris P. Bacon — as well as his antics in his homemade wheelchair.
Chris P. Bacon was born with a congenital defect which doesn’t allow him to use his hind legs. Dr. Len Lucero, a veterinarian at Eastside Veterinary Hospital in Clermont, Fla., recognized the piglet would need a little extra TLC and decided to bring him home to aid in his rehabilitation.
“At one day old, a young lady brought Chris in,” Lucero told ABCNews.com. “She brought him in for euthanasia. She didn’t want to do that, she just didn’t know what kind of life he was going to have. I gave her options, and one of them was to surrender him to me, and I’ll make sure he’ll stay alive as long as possible.
“I kept him and I went home with him, which is not typical of me, and I brought him in and my wife and kids were there. Everybody looked up at me and said ‘You’ve found him a home.’ They were just ecstatic. That night we played and played with him and he was doing very well.”
After the rest of Lucero’s family went to bed, he came up with a fun way using toys to help Chris P. Bacon become more mobile.
“I remembered my son had a bunch of K’nex, and I wondered if I could make him something to walk on,” Lucero explained. “So I just made a real quick wheelchair. We put him on it the next day and I was just trying to see if it would work. He didn’t like it at all at first. But he started to calm down, so I started filming. He’s so cute you can hardly take bad footage of him.”
Lucero originally made the Youtube video, which already has more than 32,000 views since it was posted Jan. 26, to show the rest of his family his new “little piggy.” Lucero can’t believe the reaction his now famous Chris P. Bacon pet has gotten.
“Are you kidding?,” he asked. “I still can’t believe it. I actually joked around the next morning after I posted it. I told my family, ‘We’re going viral,’ but we only had 10 views. They thought it was funny. But then all of a sudden, it was around 1,000. And then when I woke up the next day, it was around 4,000.”
Walkin’ Wheels, an organization that helps disabled pets, has already donated the piglet a brand new wheelchair, but it will take some time before he grows into it.
“He’s kind of in a transition phase right now. He’s getting too big for the K’nex one, but he’s still way too small to use the new one. It will be great once he grows into it,” Lucero said.
And as for Chris P. Bacon’s unique name, Lucero said it came pretty easily to him.
“When my son was young, we used to really be in to that video game Banjo-Tooie, and it was just so much fun. There’s a character named Chris P. Bacon and I always thought that was the funniest thing I had ever heard. But my brother’s name is also Chris, so I hope he’s not offended,” Lucero joked.