“You don’t handle a lion like a dog or a cat”

The first patient is a boa constrictor. Thick as a thigh, long as a day without bread. Not poisonous, because there are none in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine. But deploying a beautiful stubbornness to wrap around his healers. “If he starts to twist us, we can quickly be handicapped in our gestures”, smiles Jean-Christophe Gérard. They are therefore two, with his colleague Laurène Gantner, to manipulate the snake to administer a dewormer.

Jean-Christophe Gérard arrived at the zoological space in April 2005. Pierre Thivillon, director, had decided to create a full-time veterinarian position. “I’ve always wanted to work with wildlife. There is no specific training in France, I spent all my holidays and all my internships in zoos. »

The human pharmacopoeia for great apes

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