Zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden have trained all five of their giraffes to willingly participate in their own hoof care — no small feat as the animals are known to be very skittish.
"Foot health is vitally important for a species that has to balance a lot of weight on extra-long legs," says Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director. "The ability to perform maintenance with the animal's cooperation allows the team to do regular checkups without the risks associated with anesthesia."
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