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Fla. pig using wheelchair becomes an inspiration, finds thousands of fans on the Web

  • In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, potbellied pig "Chris P. Bacon," owned by veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero, stands on the grass, in Sumterville, Fla. The pig was born without the use of his back legs. Lucero, who adopted the pig when a woman brought him into his animal clinic, has fashioned and bought a special harness so he can move around.  (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

    In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, potbellied pig "Chris P. Bacon," owned by veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero, stands on the grass, in Sumterville, Fla. The pig was born without the use of his back legs. Lucero, who adopted the pig when a woman brought him into his animal clinic, has fashioned and bought a special harness so he can move around. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, potbellied pig "Chris P. Bacon," owned by veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero, looks out of his pen, in Sumterville, Fla. The pig was born without the use of his back legs. Lucero, who adopted the pig when a woman brought him into his animal clinic, has fashioned and bought a special harness so he can move around.  (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

    In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, potbellied pig "Chris P. Bacon," owned by veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero, looks out of his pen, in Sumterville, Fla. The pig was born without the use of his back legs. Lucero, who adopted the pig when a woman brought him into his animal clinic, has fashioned and bought a special harness so he can move around. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, potbellied pig "Chris P. Bacon," owned by veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero, moves around on a special harness, in Sumterville, Fla. The pig was born without the use of his back legs. Lucero, who adopted the pig when a woman brought him into his animal clinic, has fashioned and bought the special harness so it can move around.  (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

    In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, potbellied pig "Chris P. Bacon," owned by veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero, moves around on a special harness, in Sumterville, Fla. The pig was born without the use of his back legs. Lucero, who adopted the pig when a woman brought him into his animal clinic, has fashioned and bought the special harness so it can move around. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)  (The Associated Press)

In many circumstances, a piglet without the use of its hind legs would be put down. But Chris P. Bacon's unusual condition has made him an international star and an inspiration to those with disabilities.

When Chris was born in Florida, a woman brought him into Len Lucero's veterinary office, assuming the animal would be euthanized.

But Lucero noticed how the little pig pulled himself along with his front legs. Lucero says he couldn't euthanize the pig and brought it home.

Lucero built a wheelchair out of some of his son's toys so Chris could move around, then found a dog-sized harness and cart.

Chris is now 22 pounds and inspires people around the world. His Facebook page and website recently helped him land a three-book publishing deal.