Rhino with Glue-on Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients

Rhino with Glue-on Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients

by Lucy H. Spelman, Ted Y. Mashima
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Rhino with Glue-on Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients by Lucy H. Spelman

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440337881
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 951 KB

About the Author

Lucy H. Spelman, DVM, is the regional veterinary manager for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda that Dian Fossey created. 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 director of academic affairs and research for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, based in Washington, D.C.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Rhino with Glue-on Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book from what I have read. It is sweet, sad and funny all at the same time. It gives a clever insight om what it is like to be a wild animal vet.
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Dranel More than 1 year ago
ive wanted to be a zoo vet for a while now but ive allways been afraid that ill get far in my studies and someday realize its not really what i want.... so i thought reading about what vets do and how hard focused and imaginative they have to be may help me get to a desision before its too late. and im only on the 4th story and ive allready cured all doubts i had! -zoo vet in traning
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McQuigg More than 1 year ago
This was a pleasant read, and one that I think nearly any animal lover would enjoy. A few of the stories left me unfulfilled, as I would have liked to know "and then what happened?" The variety of stories and the diversity of the writers made it both a bit choppy, and yet kept it interesting - it was an ideal "commuter's book", as I could read a story or two on the train and not have a plot thread hanging. I did find the editor's forwards to the various sections distracting and at times a bit condescending, but those could be overlooked without problem.
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ChrisitneAC More than 1 year ago
An eel walks into a bar...
Debugging a bug...
Healthcare for dragons...

Although these may sound like lead-ins for some silly animal jokes, they are actually just a few of the topics described in'The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes.' 'Rhino,' captures the stories of 29 wildlife vets and their remarkable, and sometimes strange patients. Whether you have a genuine interest in veterinary medicine, or just wild and exotic animals in general, this is an absolute must read. The stories are funny, poignant, miraculous,and yes, on occasion, sad. But no other book I know of does a better job of making both humans and animals come to life as does this small volume of vignettes. By the end of the book one is not only left with the hope that a sequel is already in the making, but with a renewed passion for the four-legged, two legged, and yes, even no-legged neighbors we share this planet with.

Now, where does one get shoes for a rhino?