"Hope" Draws Attention of CBS' "Early Show"

By: Ralph Hipp, 13 News
By: Ralph Hipp, 13 News

TOPEKA ZOO -- Hope is still springing eternal for the renewed Topeka Zoo and its life-affirming stories of babies surviving and thriving here.

The CBS "Early Show" and its resident veterinarian, Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, paid a visit to Topeka's Zoo Wednesday morning. They'll share Hope's inspiring story of battling her way through a debilitating hoof deformity, on the network show soon. (We'll be sure to let you know when Hope is going national again, this time on CBS and Channel 13.

Dr. Bell watched on as zoo crews took off the old casts, rewrapped her straightening hooves, wrapped them in new blue gauze bandages and even spray glued logos of the Early Show and 13 News on each of her legs! Dr. Bell says she is amazed by Hope's physical strength, "so strong at 210 pounds," she told us.

"Many times the reporters have to stay a certain distance away on a story like this. As a veterinarian, I can be right there with Hope and watch the treatment. I'm amazed by how strong she is. Dr. Joe Kamer is providing excellent care for her, so good for him, good for Hope, and good for the Topeka Zoo."

13 News is also featuring Hope in a half-hour local special chronicling her recovery. That program airs at 7:00, Friday night, September 17th.

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