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

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Lucy H. Spelman, Ted Y. Mashima
Delacorte Press, 2008 - Medical - 310 pages
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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 Shoesis must reading for animal lovers, science buffs, and anyone who loves a well-told tale.

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

User Review  - Kelly Rubish - Goodreads

I enjoyed this collection of unique tales very much. Different authors offer different writing approaches. Some more clinical, and some more personal. The variety of animals included keeps the book ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Melissa Speirs - Goodreads

A great look into the unusual daily life of many zoo/wildlife vets from all over the world working to solve unusual medical problems in everything from a goldfish to a rhino. Read full review

About the author (2008)

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.

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