Monday 26 September 2016

Blair Drummond zebra Melton enjoys 'pedicure'

Published 19/08/2015 | 10:48

Melton the zebra has his hooves trimmed
Melton the zebra has his hooves trimmed
Melton was sedated for the procedure, which also involved a general health check-up
Vets at Blair Drummond Safari Park had a check of Melton's teeth before reversing the sedation

A zebra at a safari park has had his overgrown hooves trimmed.

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Keepers noticed 15-year-old Melton's hooves needed to be cut, but unlike with horses when a farrier would simply be called, zebras are not handled and so the process is more complicated.

Vets at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling were called to discuss the logistics of sedating him for the procedure.

Operations assistant Gordon Hill then administered the drug with a dart and his hooves were given the attention they needed using horse clippers and a wrasp tool.

The park's vet Paddy Day said: "It was necessary to sedate Melton to assess his overgrown hooves because eventually they would interfere with his normal movement and comfort.

"Whilst under sedation we also carried out a general clinical examination, this included taking blood for health screening and a dental check."

During the procedure, the two other male zebras Tanu and Spot looked on.

Melton was given a reversing drug following his trim and he was soon back on his feet eating grass in the park's drive-through area with the rhino and antelope.

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