Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes

Admittedly, I have a heart for animals. Regardless of its appearance and attitude, I want to learn about it. In The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes, I did just that and more. It’s a collaboration of short stories about zoo vets and their patients; and all true.

Learning about a fawn white-tailed deer, a black bear cub whose bones were dissolving, a rhino with a hoofing condition, a camel in the Gobi desert, and the menstrual cycle of a panda were among my favorites. I found it astounding the similarities between the medicine we use for ourselves and the animals that are treated. Lucy H. Spelman and Ted Y. Mashima are co-editors and brought this book to life, an great read for those of us who love animals but aren't given the chance to be so hands-on and personal with all of them.

It’s the type of first-hand book that takes you behind the scenes of modern medicine and the behavior of animals, touching briefly on biology, ecology, and zoology. If it sounds like it’s up your alley, check it out!