Business inquires: Please email [email protected] Me: Exotic/small/wildlife Vet/@conejovet/CSU Alumn. FYI It's illegal to diagnose/treat pets over IG😉
#nerdtime #surgery #instructional video, and don't worry...this footage is not bloody or gory in the slightest 😬 Ever wanted to learn how to tie a one-handed-knot? Ever heard of a "one-handed knot," lol? Single handed knots can be helpful to know in the #OR but they're not a mandatory skill in veterinary surgery. I mostly just think they're super fun 😺I hope you learned something today and let me know if these instructional videos are helpful for you vets and vet techs to-be 😆Tag your fellow nerds that can relate to me 🤓 #innernerd #thmartypanth #happyhumpday #knot #knottyingmadeeasy #willylovesstring #tothinkpeoplestillwantmetocomelecture🤣#🤓
#AlligatorSnappingTurtle is correct! Too easy, huh 😜
This species grows up to be the largest freshwater turtle in the New World (=North, Central, South Americas). -🐢-
They're not only the epitome of an ambush predator but they actually lure prey items to them with their tongues! The tip of their tongue is skinny and pink to resemble a worm and this "worm" wiggles in a worm-like fashion to lure in the fish and other prey animals that the Alligator Snapping Turtle eats. Once the fish is within range of the turtle's mouth it snaps shut, lightening fast and with tremendous force, and there's dinner. No joke, this turtle could easily sever my finger. -🐢-
Reptilian Ambush predators often have a commonality in their body types: very thick and very muscular relative to their size or other species in their order. This body style allows for extremely fast, short term speed and striking ability, not long term running or stalking. Crocodilians, snapping turtles, rattlesnakes-all thick and muscular and can strike in the blink of an eye but their prey can otherwise outrun them when it comes to any longer distance. -🐢-
Every one of these predators relies on their prey to be unsuspecting of their presence so they can strike fast and snag their meal before it's gone. Welcome to nature 😱 @jayprehistoricpets
Btw picking up turtles by their shell is ok 😊
#guesstheanimal Anyone know what species of Chelonian this is? FYI Chelonians are the group of reptile referring to turtles and tortoises. Believe it or not but this turtle still has a little growing to do. He lives in a huge tank at @jayprehistoricpets just South of #LA and I spent the afternoon here doing veterinary consultation on some massive reptiles, #alligators and #pythons too! #reptiles #snake #croc #turtle #herp #scales #iloveturtles
Just met the CUTEST and squiggiest puppies at @vanderpumpdogs with @peoplepets and we're here for the nationwide #ClearTheShelters event! Last year Clear The Shelters helped over 50,000 pets find homes! Let's hope for that and more this year! #shelter #adoptdontshop #puppy #thesepuppiesnamesarepeanut&butter😆
#wildlife #medicine and today's patient a #RedShoulderedHawk 🦅I'm doing an oral exam on this subadult. She wasn't using her back legs normally hence me not wearing Falconry gloves. I'm not sure what's wrong with her but we've got some diagnostics pending...#HawkFacts: A healthy hawk's best weapon is their talons which can clamp down surprisingly hard and also have a ratcheting-effect meaning they can essentially progressively tighten their grip without loosening it. Hawks can also soar at speeds of up to 120 mph (190 km/hr)💨😲. Hawks, like all birds of prey, are carnivores btw. @conejovet
Is "Hudson" here not the cutest puppy ever!? He represents one of many thousands of pets that needs a place to call home. I'm all about #ClearTheShelters 🐶🐱🤗 and here I'm discussing some basic adoption tips in this little video. Clear The Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption drive where nearly 700 shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Stations & Telemundo to find thousands of adoptable pets their #foreverhome this Saturday, August 19th. Over 50,000 pets found loving families in 2016! Let's make 2017 even bigger 😜👍 @bideawee @muddypawsrescuenyc @imashleyroberts @peoplepets @people
Hangin' with @hamlet_the_piggy and enjoying the sunshine🌞🐷. Potbelly pigs can make amazing pets but they def can be a handful too. My best advice to anyone considering getting one as a pet is to DO YOUR RESEARCH! It's SO important to know what you're getting into before getting a pet, especially less conventional pets🐰🐣🐢🐠🐀🐍🐭🦎🐖. And remember, many "micro" pigs still reach bodyweights of 60-70 or even well over 100 lbs! Have a great week😜🐽
Meet "Morrison" the friendliest Dromedary Camel I know 🤗 and he lives a very happy life at the @wildanimalsanctuary in #Colorado. Dromedary camels have 1 hump🐪 and are native to the Middle East and Bactrian camels have 2 humps🐫 and are native to Central Asia. Did you know camels can drink 30 gallons of water in less than 15 minutes? Even more fascinating-they can go without food or water for MONTHS! Camels have some incredible adaptations for surviving in the harsh lands their native too and can get by just fine in temperatures ranging from 20 deg F to 130 deg F and they can even vary their individual body temperature from 88 deg F to 107 deg F! Makes determining a fever not easy for a vet, lol. Their coolest adaptation is probably their humps which can weigh over 80 lbs and provide energy and hydration over long periods without food/water. Btw Morrison tried to eat my hair and camel drool is gnarly 🤣💦 #camel #dromedary #middleeast #droughtresistant #hump #ishouldhavepostedthiswednesday #camelkisses #camellips #camelheads #camelshoulders #camelknees and #cameltoes #kneesandtoes
Thank you all for viewing my #elephant post from yesterday, #worldelephantday, and I'm so thrilled you really care about these majestic creatures like I do!
@thetravelmuse also cares deeply for elephants and she produced this incredibly moving video about Phajaan (*link in my bio*) - the disgusting process in which Asiatic Elephants are brutally emotionally & physically tortured at a young age in efforts to crush their spirits and force them to perform in the tourism industry; FYI today's post is just a "trailer" to that video. Please follow the link in my bio to watch the full video to learn more about the truths & horrors of what Elephants endure for the tourism industry in #southeastasia and share with anyone interested in elephants and/or travelling to SE Asia.
@thetravelmuse is truly amazing at what she does and I'm so thankful that she utilizes her skills to make a difference in the world and give a voice to the voiceless. Please help us both to spread this valuable message and share this video! @ollenatto
#phajaan #tourism #helpourelephants #saveourelephants #wildlife #conservation #education #awareness #🐘
#WorldElephantDay 🐘 #Thailand #2011 If you have any interest in elephants then please continue reading...I usually keep my posts positive on purpose, but this is something that is too important to me, so apologies for this sad post....but it must be shared. -
Did you know that most young Asiatic #elephants in the tourism trade have gone through a process called "phajaan"? Phajaan is a term that means to crush the elephants spirit, or to separate the spirit from the body. As babies, they take them away from their mothers and put them in a tiny cage, big enough only for them to stand but not sit or move around at all. Then they're literally beaten, for days on end, in the most cruel ways possible. -
The elephant trunk is so sensitive, and it's how they eat and explore the world. But during phajaan, they'll often be encouraged to stick out their trunks to smell or investigate something, but then their trunks are beaten with bats and spears and whips. The elephants are deprived of food, poked with sticks and blades, kicked, and screamed at. They play terrible mind games with them. It's a truly awful, horrible thing. The idea, in the end, is to crush this animal's spirit so much that they are just an empty shell who will listen to every command...and then they are sold to tour operators for elephant rides and treks and the illegal logging industry. -
This individual at @elephantnaturepark barely survived Phajaan and has suffered femoral and hip fractures from abuse and injuries sustained in the illegal logging trade...If you know someone going to #SoutheastAsia soon please share this post and the link in my bio. @thetravelmuse produced this video to represent the horrors of Phajaan and share some of its survivor's stories.
#wildlife #saveourelephants #wildvet #wildlifeconservation #conservation #thailand #elephantconservation #elephantnaturepark #asiaticelephant #iloveelephants #wildvet #tusk
#worldlionday 🦁 #sedated lions are #safe lions 😜@007vet and I just finished a checkup on this 6 month old lion cub in #southafrica . Luckily, the exam was relatively nsf (=no significant findings). Regardless, getting to work on the king (or a lil' prince I suppose 😅) of the African plains is a dream come true!
Lions are one of the few wild cat species that hunts in coordinated groups and their success rate for capturing prey animals in the wild is ~25%. Their extremely long canine teeth (aka fangs) along with their formidable bite force, sharp claws (dewclaw being the most important btw), short term speed, general strength, patience, stealth, ambush skills and of course group effort hunting strategy gives them the capability to take down just about anything roaming the African lands they share territory with. Btw lionesses/females do most of the actual hunting.
Do you know the most successful predator on the African Savannah?...The #African #WildDog-these little canids also hunt in packs and their biggest asset is their endurance. Wild dogs can outlast any marathon runner or antelope when there's a meal reward, catching prey 60-70% of the time they hunt. Hyenas aren't too far behind in their hunting success rate FYI. I LOVE Hyenas too but that's another story...
Working with the #Rhino can bring great joy as well as great sadness (FYI the Rhino pictured here is alive and well). The brutality waged onto them simply for their keratin-based horns is absolutely devastating even for the eyes of a veterinarian who's very comfortable with blood and severe tissue trauma (FYI-fingernails, fur, hair is keratin-based as well). I want to share an article from @latimes (link in bio) about an amazing woman, Lynn @MankweReserve (on the left), and her efforts to protect the precious Rhinos of #SouthAfrica . I'm so thankful for her absolute commitment to help protect what few Rhinos we have left. And I'm extremely thankful for @Rhino911npo as well for making Rhino protection their #1 priority & helping Rhinos all over Northern South Africa. I'm not even exaggerating when I say these people literally put their lives on the line to save Rhinos. Please read this article. Learn about the tragic plight of the Rhino but also know there are people helping! They can't do it alone so if you feel a connection with these amazing animals and you want your children and their children to be able to appreciate them then please consider making a donation to either of these organizations. I can assure you from first hand experience that your help will go 100% directly to the Rhinos that need it. @Rhino911npo (Rhino911.com) and @MankweReserve are the #realdeal and I saw for myself that they truly devote their lives to this iconic African species.
Meet the #Caracal aka "desert lynx"😸(but not actually a lynx btw) living at the @rhinopridefoundation 🦏in beautiful #southafrica . Believe it or not but this floppy lubadubdub is capable of some serious predatory hunting skills! Caracals can jump over 10 ft (3.1 m) right off the ground! Even more impressive-they can catch 10-12 birds in the air IN ONE JUMP🙀 And that's not all, Caracals can also hunt prey animals larger than themselves such as antelope. I literally could've cuddled this kitty ALL DAY 😽❤️🤗 (However, I don't recommend them as pets!) On another note- @rhinopridefoundation does AMAZING things for injured and orphaned wild Rhinos. It was an absolute dream to be a pet of their mission during my time in SA 👍😁
Throwin it way back to #2009 in #CostaRica right before I started #vetschool 😄If you wanna see a ton of hemotoxic venom drip out of this Jumping Pitviper's mouth then watch my YouTube video, it crazy (link in bio)! I can't imagine receiving a bite and getting a large volume of tissue-destroying venom being pumped into my flesh from this snake's solenoglyphous fangs (aka hinged and hollow). Btw did you know there IS a difference between "venomous" and "poisonous"? Venom implies it was given through a delivery system i.e. Snake fangs, spider fangs, scorpion stinger, bee stinger, etc. Poison is a passive way of getting a toxin i.e. Poisonous frogs that secrete poison via poison glands on their bodies, poisonous caterpillars, etc. In general, there's no such thing as a "poisonous snake!" Watch my video and I hope you learned something about nature's toxins today 😜 #venom #snake #viper #snakebite #poison #iLOVEcostarica #centralamerica #travel #reptile #hemotoxin -
Lanzándolo de nuevo a # 2009 en #CostaRica justo antes de empezar #vetschool 😄Si quieres ver una tonelada de veneno hemotóxico gotear de esta boca de Pitviper saltar a continuación, ver mi video de YouTube, que loco (enlace en bio)! No puedo imaginar recibir una mordida y conseguir un gran volumen de veneno de destrucción de tejidos que se bombea en mi carne de colmillos solenoglyphous de esta serpiente (aka con bisagras y hueco). Btw ¿sabía usted que hay una diferencia entre "venenosos" y "venenosos"? Veneno implica que fue dado a través de un sistema de entrega es decir colmillos de serpiente, colmillos de araña, aguijón de escorpión, aguijón de abeja, etc El veneno es una forma pasiva de obtener una toxina es decir ranas venenosas que secretan veneno a través de glándulas venenosas en sus cuerpos, orugas venenosas, etc. En general, no hay tal cosa como una "serpiente venenosa!" Mira mi video y espero que hayas aprendido algo sobre las toxinas de la naturaleza hoy.
#ClearTheShelters discussion on @talkstoop with @mrjesscagle and @peoplepets -Nearly 700 shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Stations and Telemundo for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 19 that helps find loving homes for animals in need. Over 50,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016! I'm stoked to get to help promote this amazing initiative! And btw-you can see this segment in your taxi rides in NYC this week😜 #adopt #adoptdontshop #rescue #mansbestfriend #dogs #cats #foreverhome #shelter #rescuepets
#wildlifemedicine is something we offer here @conejovet 😁 Giving back to our native wildlife is very important and I'm thankful to have that opportunity where I work in LA! Did you know Opossums are North America's only native marsupial (aka Virginia Opossum)? And btw the "Possum" is a marsupial native to #australia so don't forget the "O" when referring to our New World species. Marsupials are technically mammals but their gestation is very short, and then when the tiny little fetus is ready for further development they migrate out of mom and into her pouch where specialized mammary glands provide the nutrients necessary for further development. And did you know male opossums have bifurcated penises? And females have bifurcated vaginas? And even crazier-did you know that male opossum sperms pair up to enhance their motility prior to entering the female reproductive tract?? Btw these sperm buddies part ways before fertilization begins. Now you have some great conversation starters for when you go out on a date tonight! #opossum #bifurcated #doubletap #wildlife #adaptation #spermpairing #spermbros #spomeboyz #spwingman #probablybestnottobringupspermpairingifitsafirstdate #maybenotthesecondoneeither #haveagreatnight😜
Helping out with Rhino conservation was probably the most meaningful aspect of my recent trip to #SouthAfrica. These pictures depict just one Rhino we were fortunate enough to help and this mission was organized by @Rhino911npo on the @MankweReserve . This large male Rhino needed to be tagged and also needed a horn trim (I'll get into horn trimming in another post, soon to come). Working with Rhinos is heavily involved and for us to help this big fella we needed to dart him with veterinary medical sedatives from a helicopter and then meet them on the ground. Nico, our heli-pilot (and the dude I'm pictured with in this series) is a founder of @Rhino911npo and he dedicates his life to help safe the Rhino species.
The plight of the Rhino is absolutely brutal all over Africa and the country of South Africa is no exception. The illegal Rhino horn trade is decimating this iconic species and it breaks my heart. There's an estimated <18k Rhinos left in the wild and we're losing 5-8 Rhinos every single day from poaching, just horrendous. Sadly, if this continues we can expect to not have any Rhinos in less than a decade. I can't begin to describe how thankful I am for organizations like @Rhino911npo that is putting their lives on the line every day to help save these majestic creatures. Getting to work with the founders of this incredible NPO and having the experience of saving Rhinos and living their passion with them was extremely inspiring and I want to help make a difference for the Rhinos of Africa too. If your heart is for Rhinos and the people that help them first hand then please follow @Rhino911npo and get a glimpse of the amazing work they do. Another way to help is to donate to their cause (link in my bio), every single dollar helps (1 USD = 13 S.A. Rand :)) and I can absolutely assure you that all of your help will go directly to the Rhinos in need of it. I've got a lot more incredible footage and pics to come and I hope you all can appreciate Rhinos too. #wildlife #wildvet #Rhino #africa #horns #conservation #atrisk #endangered #protectourrhinos
#ZOO! Are zoos a good thing? Is it ok to have exotic animals in captive zoo setting? When done correctly, yes & yes! Zoos are extremely valuable for #wildlife #conservation around the world! Please watch my latest YouTube video where I discuss my reasoning for this! (Link in bio). Quality zoos are responsible for the preservation of many animals that are extinct in the wild, help fund millions of dollars towards wildlife conservation & research, facilitate educational programs for youth, and give patrons, most importantly children, the opportunity to establish a connection with amazing exotic animal species from all over the world. We could kiss goodbye some of the most threatened and endangered wildife around the world if it wasn't for zoos. Please be aware that I'm not advocating all zoos-many of them are tourist traps in it for the wrong reasons and doing nothing towards wildlife conservation. However, it is those reputable, quality zoos that I'm very thankful for making such an effort to help preserve our planet's wildlife. One easy way to support wildlife is by visiting your local zoo! Thanks for viewing my YouTube video and please leave comments if you have any 😜🙊🐨🐸🐺🐗🐫🦏 #zoo #exotics #animals #wildvet #education #youtube @losangeleszoo @sandiegozoo @henry_doorly_zoo @kansascityzoo @denverzoo
#backday is my fav muscle group to train. Idk why but I love pullin' big weight! What's your favorite day at the gym!? Tag your training partner and start your week off strong :) @thegymatprospect @schwarzenneger @mikeohearn @jeremy_buendia #back #workout #train #gym #moveweight #backdoublehi #allaboutconsistency #nutrition #allnatural #fitness #physique #bodybuildinghobby #dontactlikeyouvenevertakenselfiesinyourbathroomtoo #happymonday #DYKitsArnoldsbirthday😬💪🏼
#Sable and #Springbok 🤗😆💞 I love #African wildlife game animals! Both of these kiddos are headed to a huge private property soon but currently being cared for by @007vet at his excellent #veterinary #hospital in #Brits. South Africa def has some of the worlds coolest wildife! Btw this naughty little Springbok headbutts women in the bum, not men, just women 🤣. And have you ever seen an adult male Sable? I think they're picture would by placed next to the definition of "majestic!" #southafrica #wildlife #biggame #antelope #troublemakers #springbok=sexist #orheshorny #getit #nerdout
#Cheetah 😬🤙 Ok, was that too easy? Cheetahs are indeed the fastest land animal on the planet reaching speeds of over 70 mph (>112 kph). Their morphologic (aka physical) adaptations are simply designed for speed so they can catch their prey; small head (aerodynamic), long legs (=long strides), deep chest (for respiratory capacity as well), and long rotor-like tail (for quickly changing directions at high speeds). And did you know that Cheetahs came so close to the point of extinction about 10,000 years ago that their genetic diversity was substantially reduced and every living Cheetah today has nearly identical genes. This is referred to as a "population bottleneck" btw. This individual is currently being cared for by the @ukutulalodge and loves his chicken dinner! FYI Cheetahs, like all cats, are obligate carnivores 🍗🍖#africa #bigcat #southafrica #wildlife #conservation #needforspeed #fastest #dontfeedcheetahsinthewild #actuallyjustprobablybestnottofeedanyanimalsinthewild
#wolfselfie #wolfie? Had a blast getting to know some amazing wolf ambassadors at @shadowland_foundation 🐺😃 Did you know wolves are considered a "keystone species" in many environments they're native to? FYI a #keystone species means that species plays a crucial part in their given ecosystem. The wolf's role in the food chain affects much more than just the animals they hunt. When wolf numbers are low prey animals can get disproportionately high and this can lead to chaos in the food chain and even affect other predators like birds of prey and even cause problems among the plant and fish species of the same ecosystem. Please respect this #Apex predator and realize their importance to all wildlife! #wolf #canid #wildlife #wildvet #educatenoteradicate #wolfbelike😳 #predator #hunt
#WhiteRhino 👍 This species was originally called the "Wide Rhino" because of its wide (and adorably kissable) upper lip in comparison to the Black Rhino's pointed upper lip. The name eventually "evolved" into the 'White Rhino.' And is this leh'el behbeh Rhino not the most absurdly precious face you've ever seen!??? This orphaned Rhino is at the @rhinopridefoundation Rhino Orphanage and they do really incredible work to help orphaned Rhinos and Rhino conservation in South Africa. I'm so thankful for their efforts to help preserve this iconic African species. It freakin destroys me that Rhinos are brutally abused and mutilated when being poached for their horns for Asia's Rhino horn trade. That's how this baby lost her mom btw. Certain cultural traditions believe that when the horns are ground to a powder they can then be consumed giving people power and libido and fight disease. But did you know Rhino horn is simply made of keratin? And did you know keratin is the same exact stuff that your nails and hair are made of? The outer layers of bird beaks and turtle/tortoise shells are also made of keratin. There is absolutely ZERO scientific evidence that the consumption Rhino horns, or any keratin for that matter, can elevate your libido or really change your endocrinology or physiology at all. I feel silly even saying that because I always thought that was pretty obvious but apparently a lot of people don't realize that. #wildlife #conservation #rhino #orphan #baby #rhinokisses #keratin #horn #hornsdontmakeyouhornybra #keratinisforkrackheads #justeatyourfingernailsinstead #thatwayanimalsarentharmedandyoucanstillbeanidiot😉 #rhinagradoesntwork #rhinorectionsareforrhinos #killingrhinosdoesntcurecancerorgiveyouboners #justmakesyouana$$hole #doesdonatingviagratorhinokillerscountforwildlifeconservation?
Leave it to #wildlife #veterinary #medicine to find yourself in the back of a Landcruiser with a sedated leopard in your arms❤️😜 This 6 month old leopard had several damaged deciduous teeth (aka baby teeth) with tooth root exposure and had to be extracted. Exposed tooth roots can cause severe pain and can also lead to infection. Fortunately, the procedure went well and he recovered nicely. This leopard is currently in the safekeeping of the @ukutulalodge and I'm so thankful for giving me the opportunity to work with them! I also want to give a big thanks to @007vet (aka Scheepers...Dr. Gerhardus Scheepers 🤵🏻😜) for letting me work side by side with him on these amazing predators. If you're inspired by my work then you DEF need to check out his page. He treats ANY animal and does so incredibly well. One minute he's darting Rhinos and the next he's doing a c-section on a Frenchie and then he's performing fracture repair surgery on an impala (like literally this was his day 2 days ago). This dude is the real deal, a vet that inspires vets. I've learned so much from him in just the few days we've vet'd together. I have so much more to share from this incredible week of mine in #SouthAfrica, stay tuned! #leopard #bigcat #dental #surgery #wildvet #vetmed #africa #megapredator #ultimatepredator #itsnotaflower #itsadartstabilizer #seetheneedle? #dartstabilizersarethelatestfashionablehairaccessory #🙄#trendsetter
#Nyala and a lot of you knew that, well done! This Nyala ewe, along with several other individuals of a variety of species, were being translocated and I had the pleasure helping with this fascinating and exciting process. Wildlife translocation is extremely important because it helps regions by reducing overpopulation, preventing desertification (which is secondary to overpopulation and overgrazing and a huge problem in Sub-Saharan Africa), and changes up the genetics in an area or reserve. These animals were sedated by medical dart guns and safely transported in wildlife trailers to their new destinations. There are of course inherent risks involved with this process but I was working with a very professional and experienced team and no animals were harmed, a very successful day! #SouthAfrica 's inhabitants (people and animals) have a lot of obstacles but it is an incredible country and I am so fortunate to be meeting such passionate people and working with some of my favorite wildlife. #wildvet #wildlife #vetmed #africa #game #antelope #hoofstock #wildlifetranslocation #lovemyprofession #lovetheiraccentstoo