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This Penguin Suffered From A Spinal Infection That Impacted His Ability To Use His Legs, So The San Diego Zoo Made Him Special Shoes To Help Him

They will help prevent Lucas from developing more sores as he moves around. Because of these shoes, Lucas will be able to go about his day normally.

“I’ve known Lucas for a long time, so having the ability to provide him with a chance to live a normal life brings a smile to my face,” said Dr. Beth Bicknese, senior veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo said in the statement.

“The boots are cushioned and velcroed in place, so they will help Lucas to fully participate in the colony and showcase behaviors that are more typical for a penguin—such as climbing the rocks, swimming, nesting and finding a suitable mate.”

Ilaria Borghese, Thera-Paw’s founder and president said that it “never gets old” when the organization helps animals like Lucas.

“Over the years, we’ve tackled challenging cases like Lucas’s, and each is special and memorable,” says Ilaria in the statement. “One thing that never gets old is seeing an animal’s life dramatically improve after using one of our aids. It inspires and drives us every day.”

Lucas has been working with wildlife care specialists at the zoo to make sure he is adjusting well to his new footwear. He’ll be working on regaining his strength and balance. As of right now, he’s thriving. His posture and gait has improved, and he is able to get around a whole lot easier.

We are so happy for little Lucas. To read more about Lucas and his new shoes, visit the link here.

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