Lucas, an African penguin at the San Diego Zoo, got a new chance at life after getting a pair of prosthetic boots. Lucas was diagnosed with a degenerative foot condition called bumblefoot, which can cause a lot of pain, sepsis infection and even death if left untreated. The boots for Lucas were created by the zoo in partnership with animal prosthesis organization Thera-Paw. Ilaria Borghese, founder and president of Thera-Paw, said, "One thing that never gets old is seeing an animal's life dramatically improve after using one of our aids. It inspires and drives us every day.
"I've known Lucas for a long time, so having the ability to provide him with a chance to live a normal life brings a smile to my face," Veterinarian Dr. Beth Bickense said.