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

Ted Y. Mashima , Lucy H. Spelman , Lucy H. Dvm Spelman , Ted Y. Dvm Mashima
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Book Description

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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Editorial Reviews


"Spelman and Mashima's fascinating exploration of the mysterious and often exciting world of veterinary medicine within the confines of the zoological community is a rare opportunity for the reader to go behind the scenes where the stories of drama, discovery, and compassion have been waiting to be revealed. This book is a compelling journey of the often herculean efforts on behalf of dedicated zoo veterinarians and their charismatic patients..... it is a journey of triumph and tragedy, mystery and discovery, which will keep the reader glued to the pages like the prosthetic shoes glued to a rhino hoof." —Jeff Corwin, wildlife biologist and television presenter for Animal Planet and Discovery networks

"This is a delightful book. The stories, each amazingly different, are told with warmth, humor and sensitivity. They are sometimes sad, always captivating. It is a book you can dip into on a journey or read before sleep at night. Buy it and give copies to your friends."—Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace

“Think House but with patients who cannot speak…. Mini life-and-death dramas told by vets who love their patients.”–USA Today

"Lucy Spelman and Ted Mashima have put together a stunning array of stories from twenty-eight of the best wild animal veterinarians in all parts of the world. Whether it is the tale of bringing two whale sharks from Taiwan to the Atlanta Aquarium or the astonishing account of fitting shoes on a foot-sore Asian Rhinoceros, the reader is left with the undeniable conclusion that these vets are contributing indispensable knowledge to a world-wide effort to protect wild creatures threatened by human activity. My hat is off to these unsung heroes of the natural world."—-Roger Sant, Chair of the Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution

"This book went straight to my heart for em...

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1681 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385341466
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1 edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0018QQQJO
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dive-chamber treatment for seahorses, and more... July 11, 2008
By Dr. Tom
This is a wonderful collection of stories that can inspire the youngest aspiring vet, while making even a medical professional smile. These ingenious, dedicated exotic animal doctors deserve our admiration even though their patients can't say "thanks" for themselves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book for all Ages October 8, 2008
Rhino has special appeal because of its various points of view and authors; because of its short essay-length articles; because of the variety of animals and ailments; because of the connections between animal health and human health. In short, it's a terrific book and an easy read, and I've had rave reviews from ages 11 to 76. It would make a great Christmas list book, as its appeal is to a wide audience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous leisure reading November 26, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from top to bottom. I loved reading about how caring, resourceful, and innovative these zoo veterinarians are. In many cases, they are doing something for the very first time in recorded history, and they manage to do it in most cases successfully and with a wonderful sense of humor. And it's clear they care deeply for their patients, even though they are not "pets". Kudos to Drs. Spelman and Mashima for sharing these charming stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for animal lovers August 8, 2008
From the rhino with reoccurring foot fungus, to the transport of a whale shark, rescuing dolphins left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, black bears with disappearing bones and eels starving for the love of a former owner, The Rhino With the Glue-On Shoes is an assortment of true stories featuring these and other unusual patients. Ever wonder how diagnostic tests are performed on giant Pacific octopus? How does one go about capturing and relocating a herd of destructive bison that are terrorizing the French countryside? Can an orphaned baby beluga survive to adulthood? Who do you call when a giraffe in your care needs a special orthotic (you get a lot of hang-ups)? The common thread pulling this diverse collection of stories together is the caring of the medical providers and the lengths they will travel to comfort and heal the animals in their care. Stories from all over the world and all types of animals, captive and wild will keep you engaged. Any animal lover will appreciate this
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Title, Cute Book!! August 6, 2008
This is a wonderful book with some very inspiring stories in it! If you love animals, you will love this book!! Not only are there great stories in it, but I am also particularly fond of it because it has one of my photos in it! :o) You won't regret buying this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I should preface this by saying I have helped do some promo for this book - which, as an animal lover, I've been really excited to do! "Rhino" is an engaging read for anyone wanting a view into the lives of zoo and wildlife veterinarians. The stories chronicle surprising and innovative solutions to various animal patient treatment challenges encountered by zoo and wild animal vets' from around the world.

Photographs of many of the actual animals help to connect the reader even more to these special animals. These true animal stories should appeal to any reader with an interest in animals or veterinary work - both adults and younger readers!
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Read the stories slowly, and savor them. This book gives glimpses into a world most of us don't get to see. The veterinarians' tales run the gamut from moving to hilarious, and the respect and love they share with the animals with which they come into contact shines on every page. Great stuff. My daughter, 14 now, has read the book several times, and has shared it with her classmates. When you've journeyed through the stories here, you'll look at animals -- from the squirrels at your bird feeder, to the cat sleeping on your lap -- differently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"When we first examined Sally the kangaroo, she lay in shock on the ground."

"At the time, no one in the world had successfully raised a five-month-old orphaned baby beluga whale. Our choices were decidedly few."

"I was in Chengdu, China, preparing to perform a colonoscopy on a female giant panda with an undiagnosed intestinal disorder."

And so begin just three of the twenty-nine stories collected in The Rhino With Glue-On Shoes, and Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients. The book is a compilation of individual stories written by a variety of veterinarians who work in the zoo and wildlife fields.

The Rhino With Glue-On Shoes is written for anyone who loves wildlife and is interested in their care and conservation. With a forward by Jack Hanna himself and the backing of a big New York publishing house, it's clear that the stories have a wide appeal.

Along with the baby beluga and shocky kangaroo, the contributing veterinarians share their personal stories of exciting work with mountain gorillas, bottlenose dolphins, rhinos, lemurs, and many more charismatic and not-so-popular (weedy sea dragons, anyone?) wild animal species.

Many of the stories end well for our exotic patients, as the triumphant veterinary team solves a medical mystery with the help of some incredible technology and medical specialists who are quick to assist. The orphaned beluga is still alive and well, and an adult male forest elephant in Gabon recovers successfully after getting a snare removed from his foot.

But there are also a number that don't end as happily. A red-ruffed lemur dies slowly over several weeks as the team of veterinarians and pathologists scramble unsuccessfully to identify the disease process that is killing him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great inspirational book for those thinking about Veterinary Medicine as a career field.
Published 21 days ago by quietstorm00
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and fascinating look at the life of zoo vets
When I was a child, I longed to be a veterinarian. I loved animals, and could think of nothing better than having a job that entailed being around animals all the time and helping... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars If Your Love Animals, You'll Love This Book
The Stories in The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes an enjoyable, entertaining and informative book of short stories about all types of animals. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
One of my all time favorite animal veterinary books. The stories are great and each story has awesome animal information.
Published 8 months ago by Addicted to Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved the interaction with these amazing animals and their...
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Published 9 months ago by G. B. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book, but a tearjerker
I figured a book about vet's most interesting cases was going to have deaths and I was prepared for that. But case after case was resolved successfully and wonderfully. Read more
Published 12 months ago by H. Winston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book, Lots of fun stories and lessons. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone interested in wildlife or zoo medicine
Published 14 months ago by Shelby Gilpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Short Stories
I loved this book. Each chapter was written by a different vet about a different animal they dealt with. If you love animals, you'll love this book!
Published 14 months ago by RetiredTapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bo
I bought some copies for my friends. Great stories and wishing for a Volume 2! Thank you Dr. Spelman for your work in the field as well as your tenure at the Smithsonian's... Read more
Published 16 months ago by E. Karch
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More About the Author

Dr. Lucy H. Spelman is a veterinarian board-certified in zoological medicine--one of 150 in the world. Her patients have included giant pandas in China, Asian elephants in Burma, giant river otters in Guyana, and mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She is also a writer and educator with a keen interest in exploring new ways to use the arts to communicate and interpret science.  In 2008, she published her first work of creative nonfiction," The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes," a collection of 28 short stories; her contribution gives the book its name. In October 2012, she published her second book in collaboration with National Geographic Children's Book Division, a new edition of "The National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia."

Currently, Lucy is the Exotics specialist at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, RI, and part-time faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), a unique position that allows her to collaborate with artists and designers. She teaches three courses: the Biology of Human-Animal Interactions, Evolutionary Biology and the Art of Communicating Science. Her research interest is in the area of one-health medicine, an emerging field of study that examines the interactions between animal, human and environmental health.

In addition, she is a course developer and instructor for the Rhode Island Technology Enhanced Sciences (RITES) program. She serves on two non-profit boards: the Karanambu Trust in Guyana, South America (since 2009), and the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island (since 2013.)

Lucy's passion for science education and outreach stems from her prior work experience which includes zoo administration, media consulting, and writing. She is an accomplished public speaker and has been the subject of various news interviews and television documentaries. 

Lucy grew up in West Redding, CT. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University (1985), and her veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis (1990.) She then completed a one-year in internship in small animal medicine at Ettinger and Associates in Los Angeles, CA, and a three-year residency in Zoological Medicine at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. In 1994, she received her board certification from the American College of Zoological Medicine. She worked for the Smithsonian Institution 's National Zoo (1995-2004), first as Associate Veterinarian, and then as its first female Director. She was a media consultant for Discovery Communications in 2005 and then moved to Rwanda where she served as the Field Manager for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (2006-2009). She returned to the United States to teach at Brown University as Visiting Assistant Professor for a year, and then moved to RISD in 2010. She started teaching for RITES in 2010, and working at Ocean State in January 2011.

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