VIDEO: Paraplegic porcupine on a roll with DIY wheelchair

(FoxNews) A paraplegic porcupine in Brazil is getting by with a little help from his friends.

According to a report in Metro, the disabled rodent, who lives at Piracicaba Municipal Zoo in Sao Paulo, is moving around thanks to a DIY wheelchair.  The porcupine was about to be put down when an intern for the zoo came up with the invention.

“We have two veterinary medicine interns, and one of them had seen a chair for dogs made of the same material on YouTube,” said Paula Cendrowicz de Sousa, of Piracicaba Zoo.

Costing less than $5 to make, the wheelchair consists of plastic plumbing pipes, a sling to take weight off the porcupine’s lower body, and wheels in place of legs.

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