New Kicks: Therapeutic Shoes Help More Than Just Horses  

Hyperextended fetlocks can affect more than just horses; a baby giraffe at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Wash., was born with the same condition. Zoo veterinarians treated the issue the same way equine veterinarians do: with special shoes.

Crafted from high-density polyethylene and plywood, the shoes are designed to support the giraffe’s limbs and strengthen his tendons. In addition, casts were applied to the baby’s two hind legs to help stabilize his limbs.

The baby remains healthy and is nursing well, but he remains under close observation. A naming competition will be launched by the zoo in the coming months.

Read more at HorseTalk.

Learn more about the Woodland Park Zoo here.

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