Porcupines to Polar Bears: Adventures of a Wildlife Veterinarian

Category: Book
By (author): Haigh, Jerry
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General
  NATURE / Animals / Wildlife
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
Publisher: Dragon Hill Publishing
Published: September 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.50in x 0.68in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*Storyteller Jerry Haigh shares his adventures as a wildlife veterinarian with the University of Saskatchewan and coming from a clinic at the base of spectacular Mount Kenya in Africa to the flat lands of the Canadian prairies in Saskatchewan. He worked with wild animals such as moose, polar bears and even a toothless old lion: • George the resident lion of the Forestry Farm Zoo, suddenly off his feed because a tooth infection, needed a couple of stainless steel crowns, accomplished by Jerry and his team of four dentists! • His study of the best cocktail of drugs for immobilizing various species brought Jerry in contact with researchers of black, grizzly and polar bears, bison, moose and many others • "Where Men Walk with Moose," an episode of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, followed Jerry along with Bob Stewart's team of moose researchers from the Department of Natural Resources • When the director of the Calgary Zoo needed dentistry for Foggy the Hippo, he turned to Jerry with his skill at immobilizing a wide variety of species and his ingenuity with a Gigli saw • Jerry and his family were called upon to bottle raise and find other ingenious ways to save a black bear cub orphaned by an earthmover • At the invitation of Ray Schweinsburg, polar bear biologist for the Northwest Territories, Haigh spent time at Pond Inlet (now Qikiqtaaluk) on the eastern shore of Baffin Island using his specialized techniques for animal immobilization and collecting samples for research on this iconic Canadian wild animal. And many more heart-warming and exciting stories from a time when being a wildlife veterinarian was a rare occupation!
Review Quote*Dragon Hill Publishing: "Books that help individuals better understand themselves and their place in the community, as well as literature that increases understanding and tolerance among various individuals and cultures."
Biographical NoteJerry Haigh is a wild animal veterinarian, originally from Scotland. He went to Kenya as a young vet and had adventures all over Africa, and he told his stories about that in a book called The Trouble with Lions. After Africa, Haig ended up coming to Canada, specifically Saskatchewan, where he continued to work with wild animals from wild moose to polar bears. He is retired now from his practice, but he has taken up storytelling using his veterinary experiences to engage audiences all over western Canada.