Chappi the African pygmy hedgehog
Chappi's new set of wheels  (image via @chappi_momma)


Chappi the hedgehog has a very loving pet parent. It seems the adorable little creature has been struck with a condition known as Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome (WHS) that doesn’t allow her to get around on her own these days. Because of this, Chappi’s mom decided to try fashioning a wheelchair of sorts so her adorable little girl could regain some mobility in her life. While her limbs are weak, her tiny feet were still capable of movement, leading her mom to look for a way to help her.

Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome

WHS is a degenerative neurological disease that eventually leads to muscle control loss in some African pygmy hedgehogs. Because there’s nothing that can be done about it at this point in veterinary medicine, the animals are left to flounder on their own. In the wild, this would be a death sentence, leaving them to fall prey to other more capable animals. As pet parents, a crafty mom or dad can pull a MacGyver and turn some ordinary LEGO pieces into an impromptu wheelchair so their furry kids can still navigate the world around them.


On the social media site Instagram, Chappi’s mom started an account with the user name @chappi_momma where she posts regularly with images and videos of the “little fighter.” In connection to the mobility device she designed, this is what she had to say in a recent post:

As you know, my little girl can’t walk anymore, she is just too weak. We could see that she could move her little feet, so i decided to try making a wheelchair. At the beginning i had no idea how to build one, but then we discovered that @lego actually a very cheap and useful option. She’s getting used to the chair, after almost 3 moths without walking. She’s a little fighter.

Devoted Mom

When it comes right down to it, it’s pretty amazing the things we do for our pets. But, hey, they’re part of the family. What wouldn’t you do for yours?