Meet the rescue opossum who uses a wheelchair to get around

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Kewpie the opossum is officially on the move and it’s all thanks to a new set of wheels.

AT Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center in Laurel County, her babysitter Tonya Poindexter watches Kewpie maneuver across the floor in her custom wheels. The scene is very different from last fall when Kewpie stopped using his hind legs.

“He couldn’t walk anymore and he was dragging himself with his front legs,” she told LEX 18.

Kewpie was born with genetic defects, similar to dwarfism. He also suffers from scoliosis, arthritis and, at less than two years old, he is already considered elderly for an opossum. But Poindexter has pledged to give him the best life possible since saving him in Lexington.

So when an animal mobility company called pets that walk contacted, she decided to collaborate with the New Hampshire-based organization.

“They reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, we want to help you with Kewpie,'” she said. OK.”

A few weeks later, the custom cart appeared, sized to Kewpie’s specific measurements. The opossum is still getting used to getting around in his special wheelchair, but so far his caretakers are proud of his progress, including volunteer Karen Smith.

“They like to move,” she says. “They don’t sit for long. They have to go. And that gives him more, where he can go.

At one point, Walkin’ Pets also outfitted one of Poindexter’s rescue deer with a wheelchair, a fawn named Clarice.

Now that Kewpie has joined the club, she’s excited to see where he’ll go next.

“It takes a long time to do what I could do with him, but I mean, I love him and he loves me back,” she said.

Poindexter started his wildlife organization in 2016. His first animal was Pepe the Skunk. After Pepe’s death, Poindexter said she dedicated her life to caring for animals.

For more information about Wilderness Trail Wildlife Center, including how to donate to the rehabilitation of animals like Kewpie, click here.

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