These boots are made for stompin’

You think your feet hurt after a long day spent atop them? Imagine weighing 9,000 pounds. That would get your dogs a-barkin.’


That’s the situation that Shanthi, a 41-year-old Asian elephant at the National Zoo, finds herself in. Shanthi suffers from arthritis, which can make getting around painful. It’s also led to problems in her front feet, including cracks in her toenails and lesions on her skin.

And it’s not as if she can just plop down on the couch and put her feet up. John Kelly explains just what it takes to create the world’s largest booties for an elephant’s aching tootsies. Read more from the Washington Post: Washington’s largest pair of Tevas are on an elephant at the National Zoo.

Posted: 16 September 2016
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