Could there be anything cuter than the barely two-month old Tumbles? This adorable young puppy was born in Ohio in October 2015 with the terrible misfortune of missing his two front legs. Luckily for Tumbles, science and technology has come to the rescue with an unconventional solution.
According to reports, the Ohio University Innovation Center was able to use a state-of-the-art 3D printer to create a customized set of wheels for Tumbles to use in lieu of limbs. The wheels serve to allow Tumbles to live up to his name and tumble around as he becomes familiar with his canine wheelchair. The 3D printer reportedly took 14 hours to assemble Tumble’s new wheels, and the Center has reportedly committed to printing replacement sets in future as the adorable pup grows up. It’s not all smooth sailing though; becoming completely comfortable with the wheels will take a long time and plenty of practice, but the team involved with the charming young dog are convinced he has what it takes to master his unique feature.
Tumbles is not the first animal to receive an unexpected set of wheels – earlier in 2015, a 90-year old tortoise who had her own front legs savagely chewed off by rats was granted a pair of former model aircraft tyres, allowing her to reportedly ‘zoom around at up to twice her usual speed’. As her owner remarked at the time, “We were afraid she may have to be put down, but her new set of wheels have saved her life. She has the run of the garden again and we can always find her because she leaves very strange tracks behind wherever she goes.” While animals on wheels are unlikely to become a trend, it’s great to learn that those unlucky enough to be born without limbs or suffer serious injuries have some options to help them adapt to their misfortune.