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
Delta, 2009 - 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 wild 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. 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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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Interesting, but not quite as engaging as the charming title implies.  Easy for laypeople to read, but still most selections read more stilted, almost academic.  And they're short, so one doesn't get ... Read full review

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User Review  - susanbevans - LibraryThing

In what book can you read about a hippo's root canal, a white-tailed deer with earrings, chemotherapy for fish, and a kangaroo with a spinal injury? In The Rhino With Glue-On Shoes and Other ... Read full review

Contents

Tough Guy Hondo
5
Earring Boy
21
Raising Kayavak
41
The Rhino with GlueOn Shoes
57
When Whale Sharks Fly
77
Anesthesia for a Frog
97
A Camel in the Snow
119
Tracking a Snared Elephant
138
The LimpingTiger
175
On the Horn of a Dilemma
195
Death of a Lemur An Unsolved Mystery
215
Tulip
241
Polar Bears STAT
261
Amalis Example
285
A Final Word
307
Copyright

The Katrina Dolphins
160

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About the author (2009)

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.

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