Monday, July 4, 2011

Book 28: The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes

Book 28: The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes, and other surprising true stories of zoo vets and their patients, edited/compiled by Spelman and Mashima

It took me forever to get through this book - I seriously think I started it in, um, January, if not longer ago than that. Not because it was bad, but because each chapter is completely separate from the last, so there was no continuity, only the overarching theme of the trials and tribulations that zoo veterinarians face on a daily basis.

That being said, it wasn't a bad book. The stories were incredible - from the title story, literally about a rhinocerus who required special glue-on "rhino shoes" (akin to horse shoes) to help its feet recover, to the story of a woman who shipped her ordinary pet goldfish halfway across the country so it could undergo cancer treatment.

I suppose I liked the books because not all the stories had happy endings - the doctors were not always able to cure the patients they saw. Regardless, you get the sense that they always come away with a new lesson that they can apply to another, similar case.

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