Journal article

OSTEOPATHOLOGY IN THE FEET OF RHINOCEROSES: LESION TYPE AND DISTRIBUTION

Sophie Regnault, Robert Hermes, Thomas Hildebrandt, John Hutchinson, Renate Weller

JOURNAL OF ZOO AND WILDLIFE MEDICINE | AMER ASSOC ZOO VETERINARIANS | Published : 2013

Abstract

An estimated 1,170 white (Ceratotherium simum), black (Diceros bicornis), greater one-horned (Rhinoceros unicornis), and Sumatran (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) rhinoceroses are kept in captivity worldwide, where they are a popular public attraction and serve important roles in education and conservation. Rhinoceroses in captivity are reportedly affected by a variety of foot conditions, including abscesses, nail cracking, and pododermatitis, but there are few studies reporting associated bony pathology in these species. This study aimed to describe osteopathology in rhinoceros feet and identify normal and abnormal osteologic features of rhinoceros feet. The metacarpal-tarsal and phalangeal bones..

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Awarded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (United Kingdom)


Awarded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council


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Funding Acknowledgements

Thanks to Matthew Lowe at the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology, Roberto Portella Miguez at the Natural History Museum of London, and Malgosia Nowak-Kemp at the Oxford Museum of Natural History for help and hospitality while gathering data for this study. Expert advice from Tim Bouts also is gratefully acknowledged. We also thank Regina Pfistermuller and two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on a previous draft of this manuscript. This research was funded by grant BB/H002782/1 from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (United Kingdom) to JRH and RW.