Hasani the baby giraffe at Woodland Park Zoo. Credit: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren
Baby giraffe Hasani
Baby boy giraffe Hasani was born May 2 to mom Olivia at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. After his birth, animal health staff noticed a condition called hyperextended fetlocks, which causes mis-alignment of the animal's rear feet. The zoo's exhibits team constructed temporary orthopedic shoes for Hasani to correct the problem.
More recently, a Kentucky-based veterinarian specializing in foot conditions traveled to Seattle and built a custom pair of shoes that allow the giraffe to go outside. While Hasani is trying out his new shoes, he remains off-view from zoo visitors. Stay tuned for when he'll make an appearance in the zoo's giraffe habitat.