Roy Aronson Tales of an African Vet

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Tales of an African Vet

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The heart-wrenching and adventure-filled stories of a South African wild animal vet and his colleagues When do you watch a wild animal suffer and let nature take its course, and when do you intervene? In his more than twenty-five years as an African vet, Dr. Roy Aronson has seen and done some remarkable things. He has tracked lions and cheetahs, anesthetized rhinoceroses and king cobras, collared rogue elephants, performed eye surgery on a lion out in the bush, been attacked by a puff adder, come face to face with an angry hybrid wolf, and nearly lost a foot to a crocodile. Dr. Aronson has also worked with some of Africa's most dedicated conservationists and wildlife veterinarians. He has witnessed their passion and bravery and been with them when hard decisions had to be made. Tales of an African Vet brings together Dr. Aronson's adventures in a rare behind-the-scenes look at those who treat wild animals in their natural habitat. For those drawn to outdoor adventure stories, African wildlife, or the veterinarian's trade, it is a riveting book replete with rich insights into both the animal and human cultures of Africa.

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"In this delightful book, the Crocodile Hunter meets James Herriot for an engaging look at the trials and tribulations of being a veterinarian in South Africa. Aronson's . . . collection of stories is totally entertaining, and his deep commitment to wildlife and conservation comes through clearly. Readers will enjoy venturing into the African bush with Aronson but will be grateful to do so from the safety of their lounge chairs. . . . This fascinating book is hard to put down; it will be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers of many ages." --Library Journal (starred review)

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"I have tracked lions and cheetahs, anesthetized rhinos, collared elephants, and nearly lost a foot to a hungry crocodile. I've shot a bull running amok, come face-to-face with an angry hybrid wolf, been spat at by a cobra, and attacked by a puff adder. I have seen the devastating effects of poaching, and I've had to make some tough decisions about the fate of an animal's life time and time again. . . .In the following pages, I will introduce you to many "characters" who populate my story. You will meet the Huchzermeyers, both father and son, who are vets; Peter Rogers, a dedicated wildlife vet and one of the great ones; and Professor Dave Meltzer, a world-renowned expert on cheetah breeding. You will also meet Jabu the elephant, Munwane the rhino, Savannah the cheetah, and Mehlwane the lioness some of the many animals I have had the amazing privilege of helping." from the Introduction"

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