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Helping Stumble the one-legged duck get a wheelchair

Posted onPosted on 16th Sep

Generous people on social media have been going quackers over a one-legged duck and donating to an appeal to get Stumble a special wheelchair from the USA.

Stumble, who had his leg amputated after a fishing line accident many years ago, lives at Manor Farm Charitable Trust, a charity based in Bilsthorpe.

The farm – led by Di Slaney, founder and trustee – provides lifelong sanctuary for livestock in need, particularly elderly, disabled farm animals and those with special behavioural needs.

Earlier this week the trust appealed for help after giving an update on Stumble (pictured above in the bath), who is now a “pampered house duck”, after one of his regular health checks at the Bilsthorpe farm where he has lived for six years.

Stumble (Photo: Manor Farm Charitable Trust)

The trust said: “Despite another recent stump infection, our little man continues to do very well as a pampered house duck, and at long last – after nearly a year – he almost has a full set of wing feathers back.

“And so for his ‘houseaversary’ on 2nd October, we’re going to get him a special present! During this past year we’ve had several valiant attempts to make him a prosthetic by some very kind and skilled people but, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing has quite worked and it looks as if that just won’t be an option for him.

“But we’ve come across this wonderful specialist organisation in the USA who are able to make him a bespoke duck wheelchair, along the lines of one (they made) for handicapped duck Merlin.

“We’re going to measure Stumble for his chair and get the bespoke manufacture under way. It would be fantastic if we could raise some extra funds towards the costs, which will be around £300, plus shipping. Anything you can donate will be very welcome in this tough year – thanks so much if you’re able to help.

A duck wheelchair was made for Merlin in the USA. (Photo:

“And of course we’ll keep you posted on the development of the chair and when it gets here for Stumble to try out. It will be amazing to give him a little more independence and also to get the weight off his stump to prevent a recurrence of infection.”

To make a donation click here to go to the trust’s Facebook page.