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Disabled piglet Leon Trotsky enjoying his new set of wheels

Leon Trotsky with vet Pam Ahern, who came up with his specialist transport. Photo: Edgar's Mission

A crushing injury left piglet Leon Trotsky with a bleak future on the farm, but a clever contraption means this little piggy now goes wheel, wheel, wheel.

No one was able to save his bacon when his mother fell on the poor three-week-old piglet, crushing his hip and back legs, on a meat farm.

But a bespoke wheelchair and harness fitted by vet specialists at Edgar's Mission in Australia has got Leon back up on his trotters and loving life again.

Leon was destined for a dinner table before being taken in by Edgar's Mission. Credit: Edgar's Mission

Edgar's Mission in Willowmavin, north of Melbourne, has appealed for donations to help fund Leon's future surgery at their animal farm.

Vet Pam Ahern, who fitted the wheelchair, said: "If we can put a man on the moon we can surely save a pig with a broken leg."

The wheels mean Leon is now independently mobile at the sanctuary. Credit: Edgar's Mission

Leon will certainly fair better than his Russian revolutionary namesake, who was notoriously killed by an ice pick in 1940.

The political figure later inspired the character of Snowball the pig in George Orwell's satirical novel Animal Farm.

Leon's wheelchair will be adapted to support him as he gets porkier. Credit: Edgar's Mission