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

By Lucy H. Spelman, Ted Y. Mashima

A moray eel clinically determined with anorexia…A herd of bison whose merely desire is a crusading girl health professional from Paris…A vet desperately attempting to keep an orphaned whale through unraveling the secret of her mother’s death…This attention-grabbing publication bargains a unprecedented glimpse into the realm of untamed animals and the medical professionals who deal with them. right here pioneering zoological veterinarians—men and ladies at the leading edge of a brand new clinical frontier—tell real-life stories of bold approaches for sufferers weighing plenty or oz., treating indicators starting from damaged bones to a damaged center, and life-and-death dramas that may endlessly swap how you take into consideration wild animals and the bonds we percentage with them. right away heart-quickening and clinically interesting, the tales during this outstanding assortment characterize one of the most relocating and weird situations ever taken on by means of zoological vets. A chronicle of discovery, compassion, and state-of-the-art medication, The Rhino with Glue-on footwear is needs to analyzing for animal fans, technology buffs, and somebody who loves a well-told story.

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Toni, an inquisitive grownup lady, lifted her head as though to greet me. I smiled as I patted her and whispered, “Hello. ” She nestled backtrack into her hammock. subsequent I got here to Kelly, who whistling in dialog with Tamra within the provider subsequent to her. those have been one of the dolphins that have been swept out to sea, and but they appeared nearly unscathed. because the airplane endured to jet southward within the early morning hours, the one noticeable reminder in their fight to outlive was once a tear in Toni's dorsal fin. attaining the again of the aircraft, i ended to examine on Echo and Wee Tee, resting peacefully, likely unfazed via the occasions of the day. With a flashlight, I peered down their blowholes to review the colour and development in their mucous membranes, the features in their eyes, person markings—anything that may support me to be a greater general practitioner to them. it should take years for me to increase the type of dating i might obvious in Florida among Tessie and the park employees, yet this used to be a begin. As we landed, the water shifted within the dolphin vendors. Miraculously, now not a drop spilled. We accrued up our gear, readied our packs, and stretched our stiff our bodies. while the aircraft shipment door glided open, the inner lighting fixtures additionally went on. I squinted within the harsh gleam, attempting to comply with the truth that we might truly arrived. Into the aircraft stepped contributors of the dept of Agriculture, in addition to the president of Atlantis lodge. We excitedly brought them to our invaluable shipment. I poked my head out the entrance and observed crowd of greater than one hundred fifty humans had come to welcome the dolphins at this predawn hour. the nice and cozy, wet air felt gentle and comforting on my drained face. one after the other, the dolphins have been loaded off the aircraft to applause and expressions of pleasure. A forklift loaded the transportation devices onto 4 flatbed vans. because the sunlight rose, we went rolling down the streets of Nassau. even though it used to be now a hectic time of morning on the town, the army escorts supplied by means of town conducted their activity completely. We looked as if it would succeed in our vacation spot very quickly. those 16 new citizens have been evidently very targeted to the Bahamians! after we got here to a cease open air the dolphins' new domestic, a crane seemed and lightly lifted the hammocks from the transportation devices. The dolphins have been carried via groups of ten humans all the way down to their new open-air maintaining swimming pools, packed with appealing blue Caribbean water. every one animal was once set lightly alongside the sting of the dock, with the pectoral fin nearest the water tucked beside its physique. somebody referred to as, “One . . . . . . 3 . . . pass! ” and the dolphins have been conscientiously rolled out of the hammocks and into the water. The dolphins' reaction surprised me. i might noticeable those animals swimming quietly or just resting of their a variety of transitority houses. right here, they instantly all started jumping out and in of the water, sometimes chasing small fish, rolling over each other in play. by no means had I obvious them so energetic! I smiled with a feeling of achievement as I sat at the dock and watched the dolphins convene.

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