Something Special Pets – Chris P Bacon

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In our first installment, Nikki Carvey talks to Len Lucero – guardian of the inimitable, piggredible – Chris P Bacon.

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Len Lucero:

I’m a vet and work at an animal hospital. A lady came in with a 1 day-old piglet that she wanted euthanized because of deformed back legs. But he had a certain vigor – he wanted to live. I knew I could care for him – so I took him home.

And that’s how Dr Len Lucero ended up with Chris P Bacon. Just one week-old when he got his first pig wheelchair made from toys, Chris P has used one ever since. Athough sometimes he still likes to run on two hooves with his butt in the air! “He’s just a blessing,” says Lucero. “He has the best personality and is a joy to be around.”

Veterinarian Len Lucero feeds the piglet known across the internet as Chris P. Bacon in his office in Clermont, Florida February 13, 2013. The piglet's hind legs are deformed and Dr. Lucero had fashioned a wheelchair out of K'nex toys to help the piglet walk. REUTERS/Scott Audette (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Veterinarian Len Lucero feeds the piglet known across the internet as Chris P. Bacon in his office in Clermont, Florida February 13, 2013. The piglet’s hind legs are deformed and Dr. Lucero had fashioned a wheelchair out of K’nex toys to help the piglet walk. REUTERS/Scott Audette (UNITED STATES – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Now just over 1 year-old and 72 pounds, Chris P has his own Facebook page, book, (another on the way,) and is currently fund-raising for an animated movie. He’s become an inspiration to many, visiting schools and hospitals to show that having a disability is nothing to be shy about. “His condition mirrors a lot of kids born with congenital disorders. They don’t know what life is like to walk normally so they don’t have that, ‘Oh, I miss walking.’ Chris P has no idea he’s disabled. I’m not even sure he realizes he’s a pig.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sipa USA / Rex Features (2139666b) Chris P. Bacon an adorable baby pig, who was born without the use of his back legs walks with the help of a wheelchair. According to local reports, a young woman in Florida took Chris to a veterinarian because she couldn't care for him. But instead of putting the disabled piglet down, the veterinarian, Len Lucero, decided to adopt him. Lucero then made Chris a makeshift wheelchair out of his son's toy K'Nex set. According to Dr. Lucerno, "Chris P. Bacon is doing well" Piglet on Wheels, Florida, America - 01 Feb 2013

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sipa USA / Rex Features (2139666b)
Chris P. Bacon an adorable baby pig, who was born without the use of his back legs walks with the help of a wheelchair. According to local reports, a young woman in Florida took Chris to a veterinarian because she couldn’t care for him. But instead of putting the disabled piglet down, the veterinarian, Len Lucero, decided to adopt him. Lucero then made Chris a makeshift wheelchair out of his son’s toy K’Nex set. According to Dr. Lucerno, “Chris P. Bacon is doing well”
Piglet on Wheels, Florida, America – 01 Feb 2013

In fact Chris P has never met a pig. They can be prone to various diseases and since Chris P was unable to nurse like a normal piglet, his immune system may have been compromised. So, Lucero has always preferred to err on the side of caution. Not that Chris P minds. He lives with goats, horses and dogs, and has a bunch of self-proclaimed girlfriends on-line.

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An ambassador for the fact that pigs are not stupid or smelly, (they have no sweat glands), Chris P is also proof that special needs pets give more than you ever thought you’d get. “You just have to be sure you can take care of them 100%,” concludes Lucero. And with that, he scoops Chris P up and carries him outside.

Chris P Visits a Children’s Hospital:

If you’d like to meet Chris P, he will be appearing at the Orlando Muscle Walk for Muscular Dystrophy on March 29th. Also, he can be seen on the PBS show, Nature on April 9th.

For more info on Chris P, check him out at chrispbacon.org and follow him in Facebook at Chris P Bacon on Wheels

You can buy his book, My Life So Far on Amazon.

And if you’re interested in helping Chris P save Christmas, check out his movie fundraiser on Indiegogo.com!

You’ll find more inspiring stories of special needs pets on our page, Something Special Pets.

Mary Vogt says:

Besides the obvious CUTENESS OVERLOAD factor, what a great article, and how inspiring. Thank you again, Nikki. Everyone should see this.

Helen Racowski says:

We’ve seen firsthand the effect Chris P’s story has had on kids receiving treatment at our rehab center, so positive! I am a total cheerleader, we love Chris P and Dr. Len’s compassion.

Lin Herz says:

Chris P.’s facebook page is Chris P. Bacon Pig on Wheels