FREISEN, Germany – When Ronja Pohl first saw the disabled alpaca baby on a friend’s farm, her heart melted and she decided to give the little orphan a home – and a special wheel harness for walking.
Called Marie, the animal’s two hind legs were severely damaged by a traumatic birth that killed its mother and sister.
“She was jumping as if she wanted to show everyone that she has a strong character and wants to live, even if two of her legs are injured,” Pohl, 20, told Reuters.
After bringing his new pet to the farm near Frankfurt where he works, Pohl took Marie to a veterinarian, who amputated a hind leg and put her in contact with a company that makes wheelchairs for animals.
Marie, tied to her frame with tailor-made wheels and harnesses, now staggers happily around Pohl’s barn, learning the ropes of social interaction with the lamb Schlufine and greeting other animals on the way.
“She solves a lot of problems on her own. If she falls, she’ll get up on her own – if she wants to, ”said Pohl.
“As soon as she can carry weight on her third leg, she will receive an artificial limb and join my boyfriend’s alpaca herd to live a normal alpaca life.”