The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and their Patients

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By Lucy H. Spelman, Ted Y. Mashima

A moray eel clinically determined with anorexia…A herd of bison whose basically wish is a crusading girl surgeon from Paris…A vet desperately attempting to shop an orphaned whale through unraveling the secret of her mother’s death…This attention-grabbing ebook deals an extraordinary glimpse into the realm of untamed animals and the medical professionals who take care of them. right here pioneering zoological veterinarians—men and girls at the innovative of a brand new scientific frontier—tell real-life stories of bold strategies for sufferers weighing lots or oz, treating signs starting from damaged bones to a damaged center, and life-and-death dramas that would without end switch how you take into consideration wild animals and the bonds we percentage with them. without delay heart-quickening and clinically interesting, the tales during this awesome assortment signify essentially the most relocating and weird instances ever taken on by way of zoological vets. A chronicle of discovery, compassion, and state of the art drugs, The Rhino with Glue-on sneakers is needs to analyzing for animal fanatics, technological know-how buffs, and somebody who loves a well-told story.

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Whilst i used to be a section older, fish have been the three-inch sunnies we would proudly exhibit for the digicam while fishing with Dad. Fish have been the prey of gulls and gruff-looking outdated males removing the jetties of big apple Sound. In 5th grade, I received Small Fry on the college reasonable, a lot to my pride and my mother's chagrin. even though I loved my puppy goldfish, and could watch him in his small bowl, i used to be unhappy yet now not beaten whilst he met an premature demise (Mom deloused the home one afternoon and regrettably deloused Small Fry as well). finally, it used to be “just a fish,” as a person had advised me. So I definitely had no formative years aspirations to turn into a fish surgeon. in the course of my fourth yr in veterinary university, besides the fact that, I acquired the chance to shadow the pinnacle vet on the New England Aquarium for a month. To my shock, i used to be thinking about the day-by-day demanding situations and discoveries of aquatic animal medication, a box that few veterinarians enterprise to take on since it encompasses a nice many species approximately which we all know fairly little. From invertebrate animals like jellyfish and lobsters to vertebrates akin to fish, sea turtles, and marine mammals, aquatic drugs covers a large range of animals that obtain minimum, if any, recognition within the common veterinary college curricula. only a couple years later, right here i used to be, the intern veterinarian on the aquarium, now confronted with an anorexic moray eel. The query remained: Why used to be this animal refusing to consume? After 3 weeks, wasn't he hungry? shall we aid it nutritionally with tube feeding, yet for the way lengthy? We have been all stumped by way of the case. ultimately, one of many aquarists advised that we touch the bartender who'd donated the eel. perhaps he might supply us a few rules to stimulate this eel's urge for food. even supposing lower than confident concerning the final result, we had few different possible choices and wanted this terrible eel to devour. We made the decision. After listening to the scoop and failing to come back up with any rapid feedback on how one can higher feed the eel, the bartender provided to pay it a trip. I occurred to be within the gallery by way of the eel tank while a wide, broad-shouldered guy entered one morning. The bartender approached the tank a bit of apprehensively, a furrowed forehead shadowing his gains. He quietly stood in entrance of the tank—and waited. on the backside fringe of the rockwork, within the some distance nook of the tank, a small head seemed. It hesitated, surveying its atmosphere, after which slowly, ever so slowly, pulled its lean physique from its lair. It carefully moved without delay in entrance of the fellow. The eel paused. Its around lidless eyes concentrated closely at the man's face. Then, to my amazement, the eel started to undulate its physique backward and forward in a tender, calm rhythm, conserving eye touch with the fellow the whole time. The man's apprehensive glance softened because the corners of his mouth lifted. right here used to be his outdated good friend back. i do not take note the phrases of endearment the guy stated that day. I do not forget that the fellow hand-fed the eel a bit of fish or shrimp, and that the eel didn't refuse meals from that day ahead.

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