(WJBF) – Right this moment on Wild Encounters we take a behind the scenes have a look at their hoof care course of.
“Allison is right here right this moment with our pal, Bruce. Allison, inform us a little bit bit concerning the course of that you simply guys are about to be doing right here with Bruce right here in a second.”
Alyson Proveaux / Hoof Inventory Supervisor: “Alright, so one of the vital issues that we’ve began engaged on with our giraffe just lately has been coaching them for hoof care. So, hoof care is admittedly vital for all animals which have hooves. So, giraffe are included in that. What you’ll really see is a coaching session with Bruce the place he presents one in every of his entrance ft onto a block for us and also you’ll see me cleansing up the hoof and attempting a few various things simply to desensitize him to some various things that he’s going to really feel, as a result of Bruce really has form of an enormous, thrilling second for us: his first appointment with our native farrier to really come and voluntarily trim up his ft. So, Bruce just lately discovered to allow us to do all that foot take care of him so we will have somebody come out and truly assist us clear up his hooves and ensure he has actually wholesome ft.”
“What’s the significance of doing this foot care?”
Allison: “Simply take into consideration when your ft damage or your ft are uncomfortable or your footwear don’t match proper or you’ve got various things like that; you’ve got a rock in your shoe that you simply’re attempting to step on. Hoof care is tremendous vital as a result of have a look at how a lot weight they placed on their legs. They’re massive animals, so these ft should be wholesome in an effort to give them a very good high quality of life and a very lengthy life, too.”
“About how lengthy does it take for you guys to have the ability to develop this bond with them? I can’t even get my dog to go exterior once I need it to.”
Allison: “Bruce is one in every of our most tactile ones. I actually credit score that to one in every of our keepers, Mariah, who has put a whole lot of work into working with him to construct a relationship. So, via all of that work, he discovered that if he was fairly tolerant and if he allow us to do issues, he would get lettuce. As you’ll be able to see, he hates lettuce, guys. He hates it a lot. So, via all that course of, he’s very fast to belief us and to really belief the various things, like placing the foot on the block. There are another giraffe that we’ve got who’re additionally studying this course of and it’s taking them rather a lot longer, however it’s as a result of they should be taught to belief us and to have the ability to be okay with what we’re doing.”
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