by Romain Pizzi
How to catch a kangaroo? Anaethetise a shark? Operate on a tarantula?
It's all in a day's work for the world's wildest veterinarian.
Travelling from the rainforests of Sierra Leone to the jungles of Borneo, wildlife vet Romain Pizzi has caught, anaesthetised, diagnosed, operated on, medicated, and then released some of the world's most endangered wild animals.
From disease testing Polynesian snails to keyhole surgery in Sumatran orangutans; from endoscopy in sharks to ultrasound on a chimpanzee. Sometimes this is high tech work, such as the first robotic surgery in a tiger, or giant panda cloning attempts. Sometimes the situations are more primitive, from anaesthetising a bear with a bicycle pump, old plumbing tubes and a plank, to operating on a vulture using an old metal spoon.
Mixing science, mystery and sometimes just plain guesswork, wildlife veterinarians treat the world's wildest and most endangered creatures.
In Exotic Vetting Pizzi shares his extraordinary stories as well as his insight into the amazing breadth of biology and bewildering range of veterinary procedures needed to help animals get better. He also shares tips on where to run when the patient unexpectedly wakes up.
Usually despatched in 2-5 working days.
Date of Publication: 14/03/2022