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Frostie the Baby Goat Fitted with Customized Wheelchair

May 22, 2014 01:20 PM EDT
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Frostie the goat is melting the hearts of all of those around him. The adorable baby goat, who suffered from an umbilical infection, is back on his feet after recently being fitted with a customized wheelchair.

Frostie, who is just over one-week old, was brought to Edgar's Mission, a not-for profit sanctuary for rescued farm animals outside of Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday by locals, the Daily Mail reported.

Covered in lice and severely dehydrated, the rescue facility immediately took Frostie in, who had also lost the use of his hind legs due to an infection he contracted via his umbilical cord.

This type of infection - also referred to as joint naval ill - is apparently common among young calves and goats just after they are born. It is brought on by insufficient or poor quality milk from the mother or by an unhygienic environment.

The Mission's website writes: "In Frostie's case the bacteria had spread via his bloodstream and settled in the joints of his hind limbs - his joints becoming swollen, hot and painful and rendering him unable to use them."

According to Pam Ahern, founder and director of Edgar's Mission, after a few days of antibiotics and painkillers Frostie was almost good as new, only he still hadn't regained the use of his legs and was becoming frustrated at not being able to run and play.

And so, the agency fitted the little tyke with a customized wheelchair to help him out until his legs start working again, which should happen as the infection leaves his system.

The wheelchair was originally made for Frostie's playmate, a one-month-old baby pig named Leon Trotsky, who was injured when his mother sat on him, crushing his hind legs.

Frostie and Leon are just two of 350 animals Edgar's Mission cares for, which is also home to cows, alpacas, deer, sheep, chicken, geese, duck, rabbits, guinea pigs, peacocks, and horses.

"Every animal at the sanctuary has a story to tell. All of them have different stories of some kind act that got them to the sanctuary," Ahern said, according to the Daily Mail.

"These stories are really lovely. It shows the goodness of the human heart, because people see an animal in pain and they want to help, they don't like to see another animal suffer."

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