The Rhino With Glue-on Shoes
Rhino With the Glue-on ShoesAt once heart- quickening and clinically fascinating, the stories in this remarkable collection represent some of the most moving and unusual cases ever taken on by zoological vets. A chronicle of discovery, compassion, and cutting-edge medicine, The Rhino With Glue-on Shoes is must reading for animal lovers, science buffs and anyone who loves a well-told tale.

Lucy published her first work of creative non-fiction, a short story called "The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes". The short story appears in a book of the same name, a collection of 28 stories by zoo vets about their patients, which she co-edited with Dr. Ted Mashima.

Rhino has since been published in paperback, several other languages and in the UK under a new title, Hippo with Toothache.

"Spelman and Mashima's fascinating exploration of the mysterious and often exciting world of veterinary medicine within the confines of the zoological community is a rare opportunity for the reader to go behind the scenes where the stories of drama, discovery, and compassion have been waiting to be revealed. This book is a compelling journey of the often herculean efforts on behalf of dedicated zoo veterinarians and their charismatic patients. ... It is a journey of triumph and tragedy, mystery and discovery, which will keep the reader glued to the pages like the prosthetic shoes glued to a rhino hoof."
— Jeff Corwin, wildlife biologist and television presenter for Animal Planet and Discovery networks

Hippo With Toothache"This is a delightful book. The stories, each amazingly different, are told with warmth, humor and sensitivity. They are sometimes sad, always captivating. It is a book you can dip into on a journey or read before sleep at night. Buy it and give copies to your friends."
— Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace

"Think House but with patients who cannot speak. Mini life-and-death dramas told by vets who love their patients."
— USA Today

"Lucy Spelman and Ted Mashima have put together a stunning array of stories from twenty-eight of the best wild animal veterinarians in all parts of the world. Whether it is the tale of bringing two whale sharks from Taiwan to the Atlanta Aquarium or the astonishing account of fitting shoes on a foot-sore Asian Rhinoceros, the reader is left with the undeniable conclusion that these vets are contributing indispensable knowledge to a world-wide effort to protect wild creatures threatened by human activity. My hat is off to these unsung heroes of the natural world."
— Roger Sant, Chair of the Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution

"This book went straight to my heart for emphasizing something that is often missed by the zoo-going public: the emotional commitment between those who care for zoo animals and their exotic charges. I have worked with the Los Angeles Zoo for almost forty years and, truly, these relationships are beautiful to behold."
— Betty White, actress/author

"Entertaining. Readers will be dazzled by stories of recapturing a fugitive herd of wild bison from the outskirts of Paris and medical marvels developed to treat especially small or sensitive patients."
— Publishers Weekly