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giraffe pedicure, story of the month!

Post: # 2664Post falkor
Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:32 pm

By Nadia Gilani, Last updated at 10:45 AM on 21st October 2011

When Sophie arrived at her new home with overgrown hooves, she was in desperate need of a pedicure.
The 17-year-old giraffe would have ended up developing ankle problems were if not for staff at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park giving her a spot of beauty treatment.
Long-legged Sophie had overgrown hooves when she was transferred was transferred from Dudley Zoo in the West Midlands to the adventure park near Stirling, last year.
a ladder?
The average hoof of an adult giraffe is about the same size as a dinner plate and can reach 12 inches in diameter.

In the wild, giraffes gallop vast distances across hard soil, which wears down their hooves, but that is not always the case when they are living in captivity.
Staff waited to see whether Sophie's hooves would wear down naturally, but when they didn't it was decided a pedicure was the only way forward.
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Re: giraffe pedicure, story of the month!

Post: # 2669Post tiger1
Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:35 pm

Been involved in just the same procedure. Very interesting, and dangerous for the Giraffe! Cool shot.

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