NHL.com — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr announced Tuesday that the league is testing a toothpaste that will help elephants that can’t digest grass to grow their own grass.
The $5,000 experiment, which will begin in the fall, is aimed at helping elephants that are struggling to get their feet up on grass.
It will be the first time the league has tried to help elephants get their footing on grass by using a non-perishable, food-based toothpaste.
The league said it plans to use a variety of options to test the product.
It is not clear whether the toothpaste will contain animal products, such as animal proteins.
In addition, the league will be testing other items that may be helpful to elephants, such a small container with a small pouch to hold a meal or water for elephants, a rope or string for tying the elephant up, and a plastic pouch to store the toothbrush.
Bettman said the goal is to try to get the product to market as quickly as possible.