A bunch of baby rabbits were found nearly frozen to death. They were discovered when doing a routine check during a recent cold spell. They were rescued by Overlook Acres farm owner Jason Ambrosino and his wife, Sonja Ambrosino, on Feb. 6, 2016. He explained that at least “one of the dominant female rabbits appeared to pulling babies out of their nest boxes,” which was a problem because young litter can’t survive the cold.
“When we first saw him curled up, we thought he may have been dead, but then we saw his nose twitch,” Ambrosino said. “My wife brought him to me, and I held him close to warm him up and breathed hot air on him. Slowly but surely, he began to get more animated.”
One baby bunny ended up being paralyzed from the waist down yet he still was able to get around. Ambrosino then took the bunny, who he said “couldn’t have been more than a week old at the time,” back to his house, where Christine Griffith and her husband Charlie Parker ( two friends who live and work on the farm) nursed the baby bunny back to health.
Griffith and Parker noticed that Wheels had bite marks on the top of his spine and that his hind legs were “paralyzed,” Ambrosino said. He added that they planned on taking Wheels to a veterinarian for an official diagnosis. But Parker came home “with a toy skateboard and some other parts and pieces from a dollar store,” and he built a mini skateboard wheelchair to help get the injured baby bunny back on the move, Ambrosino said.
“The first time we saw him on the skateboard, he just looked so happy,” he said. “He was zipping around everywhere, and we took a couple of videos.” This baby bunny doesn’t hop. He slides and glides his way around on a custom mini skateboard wheelchair — entirely assembled from parts bought from a dollar store.
The young rabbit, who’s been fittingly named Wheels, has come a long way since he was found “stiff and frozen” a few weeks ago on Overlook Acres farm in Amsterdam, New York, according to the farm’s owner Jason Ambrosino.
The farming family now plans on writing children’s books based on the bunny they call “Wheels.” “Wheels is a special rabbit,” he said. “He’s the only rabbit I’ve ever met who’d lick someone. He’s super affection, a hard charger and a fighter.”