I found a photo album of thousands of animal species, all with blank backgrounds and done “artistically”. It’s really quite beautiful, and it reminds me of the photography book “Creature” by Andrew Zuckerman (yes that’s a lot of blank paper for artistic effect).
I came across this “Zoobiquity” business today. It’s a book co-authored by a cardiologist about the similarities of diseases that afflict humans and non-human animals. We are all so alike, blah that we even get the same diseases, etc. Some interesting things analogies comparisons between emo teen cutting and self-inflicted injuries in animals. The only thing is, being immersed in (and not even close to being a vet yet) animal health has already exposed me to most of the examples and pretty much all of the ideas in this book. There’s nothing NEW. I’ve read plenty of examples of animals seeking psychedelics, and she included the most popular examples of goats eating mushrooms, caribou eating lichen, dogs licking toads, etc. Actually this article in Psychology Today was the most insightful article about psychedelics in animals I’ve ever seen. I expect many pet owners to know firsthand the various cancers their pets can get. Every veterinarian was educated on the assumption of the similarity of the diseases across species (what other conclusion can you come to after learning to treat all species expect one?).
The AVMA published a list of 5 reasons you would want a veterinarian on your team during a zombie apocalypse. All good reasons (avoiding bites? Hah) though not all of them are applicable to your everyday small animal vet. Look, if there’s a zombie apocalypse, my plan is to stick to a hunter with a gun (with a very well stocked supplies and secure shelter).
- By god, I’m glad I’m a vegetarian. And I don’t care how good, how traditional raw meat dishes (kibbeh, sashimi, steak tartare) are, just don’t do it.
- Never, ever going swimming in a lake again. Especially in Africa.
- Never setting foot in Africa. (malaria, sleeping disease, giardia)
- Never drinking untreated water. Even if it’s a developed country.
- Before this class, I swear I never heard anyone mention Trichinella, Coccidiosis, or Dermacentor before. Now I hear it everywhere around me. I’m either in way too many An Sci classes, or before I learn something it goes out the other ear and I don’t pick it up.