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By Tim Flannery

Twenty-five years in the past, a tender Australian museum curator named Tim Flannery got down to examine the fauna of the Pacific Islands. beginning with a survey of 1 of the main inaccessible islands in Melanesia, the younger scientist came upon himself ghost whispering, snake wrestling and Quadoi searching looking for a small bat that became out to not be earthshatteringly interesting.

With debts of gaining knowledge of, naming and occasionally consuming new mammal species; being thwarted or aided by way of neighborhood customs; and ancient clinical expeditions, Flannery, now one of many world’s best environmentalists, takes us on a captivating trip via one of the most assorted and wonderful areas in the world.

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356---366. Blackwell Science, Oxford Zook BC, Huang K and Rhorer RG (1977) Tyzzer's disease in Syrian hamsters. Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association 171 , 833-836 4 _____________________ Gerbils Emma Keeble Introduction Gerbils are small desert rodents with a wide geographical distribution, originating from Central Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa. They belong to the suborder Myomorpha (rats, mice, gerbils and hamsters) and family Cricetidae (hamsters and gerbils). Gerbils (also known as jirds) belong to a separate subfamily, the Gerbillinae.

They should never be picked up by the tail as the skin may strip away to expose the underlying bone. 5). Grasping the scruff stimulates an immobility response (Cruz and Junquera, 1993) . Gerbils may also be picked up by cupping both hands over the animal. 5 Correct technique for handling a gerbil. 6 Normal haematological and biochemical values in gerbils. Diagnostic approach Physical examination Clinical examination , initially at a distance , allows observation of the respiratory rate and character.

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