So it turns out that not only can slippers save a man’s life, but also the life of a cute little African Crowned Crane bird.
As the story goes, this rare crane from the Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall suffered from curled toes, which proved to be life threatening. That’s when a set of customized green slippers stepped in to save the day.
After the birdie was set up with a pair of hip slips, the recovery began almost instantly. We might say that a cool set of mallard duck slippers would have done better, or maybe even a pair of pink flamingo slippers if you are more on the wild side, but nevertheless, the little guy is doing OK and that’s all that matters.
“For the first few days we put small bandages on the chick’s toes as they were slightly curled, and this just helped straightened things out,” curator David Woolcock tells the Daily Mail. “The chick is doing very well and is currently off show, although can sometimes be seen on the grass in front of Glanmor House at the center of the park as keepers take the chick for a walk to help strengthen those legs.”
The African Crowned Crane is an endangered bird species typically found in marshes, cultivated lands and grassy flatlands close to rivers and lakes in the regions of South Africa. Adult specimens usually reach height of about 3.3 feet and an average weight of 7.7 pounds.
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