The syndicated news show "Inside Edition" on Friday featured pediatric plastic surgeon Kongkrit Chaiyasate and 12-year-old patient Charlotte Ponce, who has been undergoing plastic surgery to repair damage caused by a pet raccoon when she was a baby. Chaiyasate used cartilage from Charlotte's ribs to fashion a new ear for her.
The Lincoln Park Zoo's Serengeti Health Initiative provides rabies vaccinations for dogs of families in towns on the periphery of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The program was budgeted at $110,000 last year, but donations have helped offset the cost to the zoo.
Veterinarians at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine's Leatherdale Equine Center are treating one of five horses that were apparently infected with equine herpesvirus. EHV, which affects the spinal cord and brain and can be fatal, caused outbreaks throughout the country last year, with 75 confirmed cases in nine states in just one month. In the Minnesota cases, one horse was euthanized, one is hospitalized and the remaining three are at home.
Keeping a wild animal as a pet is dangerous for both the animal and for people, according to Steve Nifong of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, discussing the confiscation of a deer being kept in a home. The owners had posted footage of the deer romping in the house, near children and dogs, on the Internet. Such animals are difficult, if not impossible, to release into the wild once they're older because of their upbringing.