The Rhino With Glue-On Shoes and Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients, Lucy H. Spelman, DVM and Ted Y. Mashima, DVM have collected 28 stories from the amazing veterinarians around the globe charged with the care of some of the earth's most fascinating and dangerous creatures. This behind-the-scenes look at veterinary medicine in zoos and in the wild, gets the reader up close and personal for the incredible drama inherent when working with exotic animals. Spelman and Mashima have assembled these captivating tales with humor and great sensitivity to their subject, creating a very entertaining read. The unconventional patients and their sometimes bizarre ailments were simply extraordinary. There are even two stories from our own Houston Zoo: "The Bugs Have Bugs?" - a story about a group of dung beetles with a bad case of mites; and "Amali's Example" - a chronicle of a young giraffe's leg problems, requiring a custom-made brace. The veterinarians in these stories are creative, innovative, and adventurous, going literally to the ends of the earth in order to help the animals in their care. Each essay-length story is written by a different veterinarian. Some are very well-written, and some are merely so-so, but it was the tone and subject matter that kept me turning pages, even when the writing didn't "do it" for me. Animals hold a very special place in our lives, and The Rhino With Glue-On Shoes is a wonderfully inspiring book that I would recommend to animal lovers and aspiring veterinarians.
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