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Zack, a Zebra from Virginia Zoo, receives a hooficure

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NORFOLK, Va – Like a horse, zebras need their hooves maintained as well. In early May, Zack, a Hartmann mountain zebra who resides at the Virginia Zoo, got some shiny new shoes thanks to farrier, Kim Burnop.

A farrier is a craftsperson who is trained to create shoes and maintain the hooves of all kinds of equine animals. The practice is believed to have first been developed in the Roman Empire. A farrier not only keeps the shoes fit and the hooves maintained, but can also help the animal if they have abnormalities in their hooves or are suffering from foot-related health problems.

Zack had to undergo anesthesia for this procedure. Afterward, he was released back into the Africa enclosure where he can be observed.