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San Diego Zoo Makes Custom Boots For Penguin!

Photo: Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

An adorable penguin named Lucas was gifted orthopedic shoes to help with his chronic foot condition at the San Diego Zoo.

The 4-year-old African penguin was diagnosed with “bumblefoot”, which a disease among birds, causing degenerative foot issues.

“We were pleasantly surprised at the immediate change in Lucas after we fitted him with his new boots,” Debbie Denton, a senior wildlife care specialist at the San Diego Zoo, said. “Seeing him move about now gives us hope that he may be OK going forward, and able to live a full life.”

Aw, Lucas! Happy Feet part 2?