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The Rhino with glue-on Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patientsby DVM Lucy H. Spelman
Synopses & Reviews
A moray eel diagnosed with anorexia…A herd of bison whose only hope is a crusading female doctor from Paris…A vet desperately trying to save an orphaned whale by unraveling the mystery of her mother’s death…This fascinating book offers a rare glimpse into the world of exotic animals and the doctors who care for them. Here pioneering zoological veterinarians—men and women on the cutting edge of a new medical frontier—tell real-life tales of daring procedures for patients weighing tons or ounces, treating symptoms ranging from broken bones to a broken heart, and life-and-death dramas that will forever change the way you think about wild animals and the bonds we share with them.
From a root canal on a three-thousand pound hippo to one doctor’s heartbreaking effort to save a critically ill lemur, here are acts of rescue, kindness, and cross-disciplinary cooperation between zoo vets and other top scientists. We meet highly trained specialists racing against time and circumstance to save the lives of some of the most exotic animals in the world. Shoes designed for racehorses help a rhinoceros with a debilitating foot disease. A kangaroo survives spinal surgery performed by a leading human doctor. These unforgettable stories capture the bonds that develop between vets and their animal patients, the ingenious measures many vets have tried, and the remarkable new insights modern medical technology is giving us into the physiology and behaviors of wild animals.
At once heart-quickening and clinically fascinating, the stories in this remarkable collection represent some of the most moving and unusual cases ever taken on by zoological vets. A chronicle of discovery, compassion, and cutting-edge medicine, The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes is must reading for animal lovers, science buffs, and anyone who loves a well-told tale.
This one-of-a-kind heartwarming collection of stories gives fascinating insight into the exciting and exotic world of zoo veterinarians.
About the Author
Lucy H. Spelman, DVM, is the regional veterinary manager for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in central Africa, based in Rwanda. She is the former director of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has been featured on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.
Ted Y. Mashima, DVM, is the president and executive director of the Asian American Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, based in Washington, D.C. He lectures frequently and is the former associate director for the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland.
Table of Contents
Close connections — Tough guy Hondo (the chimpanzee) — The moray eel and the bartender — Earring Boy (deer fawn) — Kachina's bones (black bear) — Raising Kayavak (beluga whale) — Technology helps — The rhino with glue-on shoes — Pandas in their own land (Yaloda the giant panda) — When whale sharks fly (Norton the whale shark) — Patch (Australian hobby falcon) — Anesthesia for a frog (Frances, he poison dart frog) — Getting physical — The recapture (bison/buffalo) — A camel in the snow — The bikers, the students, and the crocodile — Tracking a snared elephant — Partners in the mist: a close call (Rwanda mountain gorilla) — The Katrina dolphins (Atlantic bottlenose dolphin) — Puzzles and mysteries — The limping Bengal tiger — Sliced bananas in Jell-O (giant Pacific octopus) — On the horn of a dilemma (rhinoceroses) — The bugs have bugs? (beetles) — Death of a lemur: an unsolved mystery — Baker D (a Pacific bottlenose dolphin) — Crossover — Tulip (an orinda goldfish)-- Empathy (a red kangaroo) — Polar bears STAT — Water-breathing dragons (a weedy sea dragon) — Amali's example (a Masai giraffe) — Alfredito the hippo.
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