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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407070384
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

The Hippo with Toothache

Heart-warming stories of zoo and wild animals and the vets who care for them




Heart-warming stories of zoo animals and the vets who care for them

Meet Mohan, a rhino whose feet would not stop bleeding.And Patch, a hobby falcon who broke his wishbone.And Kachina, a black bear who spent the first months of her life in a complete body cast because her bones were so brittle.Not to mention Alfredito the hippo, who suffered from toothache for weeks because he was too large to be sedated safely.

All these animals owe their lives to the dedicated and pioneering zoo vets who cared for them, often performing daring procedures in unprecedented circumstances. In this fascinating book, these vets - and many others besides - tell the stories of their most unusual cases, describing not only the ingenious techniques they employed but also the bonds that grew up between them and their exotic patients.

Whether it's one doctor's heartbreaking effort to save a critically ill lemur, the neurosurgeon with no training in veterinary science who agreed to operate on a paralysed kangaroo, or the vet who refused to give up on an orphaned baby beluga whale, these are acts o

  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407070384
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the authors

Lucy H Spelman

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. Her website is www.drlucyspelman.com.

Ted Y. Mashima, DVM, is the president of Mashima Communication, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He lectures frequently and is the former associate director for the Centre for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland.

Ted Y Mashima

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. Her website is www.drlucyspelman.com.

Ted Y. Mashima, DVM, is the president of Mashima Communication, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He lectures frequently and is the former associate director for the Centre for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland.

Praise for The Hippo with Toothache

An intriguing, sensitively written book that really shows the relationships that can develop between humans and wild animals

Terry Nutkins

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