San Diego Zoo penguin equipped with orthopedic shoes

A member of the San Diego Zoo’s African penguin colony has been equipped with orthopedic shoes to assist it cope with a degenerative foot circumstance

SAN DIEGO — A member of the San Diego Zoo’s African penguin colony has been equipped with orthopedic shoes to assist it cope with a degenerative foot circumstance.

The 4-year-antique penguin named Lucas has lesions on his toes because of a persistent circumstance called bumblefoot, which covers various avian foot troubles, the San Diego Wildlife Alliance stated Monday in a press release.

If left untreated, bumblefoot may want to cause sepsis and demise via way of means of infection.

The zoo’s flora and fauna care professionals grew to become to an agency referred to as Thera-Paw, which creates rehabilitative and assistive merchandise for animals with unique needs.

Thera-Paw created custom footwear manufactured from neoprene and rubber to save you stress sores from growing while Lucas stands and walks.

The penguin’s troubles started out extra than 3 years ago.

African penguins have suffered a huge populace decline and are indexed as endangered via way of means of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.