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Last Updated: Monday July 05 2010 12:49 GMT

In pics: Chick in slippers to straighten his feet

Paradise Park chick with slippers

This tiny chick at Paradise Park in Cornwall has had to wear a set of fitted slippers to help fix a problem with his toe.

Paradise Park chick with slippers

The toes on both his feet were not developing properly so keepers at the park put these slippers on.

Paradise Park chick with slippers

One of the keepers said: ''For the first few days we put small bandages on the chicks toes as they were slightly curled, and this just helped straightened things out."

Paradise Park chick with slippers

The little chick is being walked daily to help strengthen his legs. Keepers hope that by late August they can introduce him to other cranes.

Paradise Park chick with slippers

Keepers reckon the chick will grow to over 1.2 metres in just a few months. His diet will include mealworms... ewww!

Paradise Park chick with slippers

A keeper said: "We are now full-time mums with two hourly feeds and giving some much needed tender loving care to this little one.''