Among The Animals: A Zookeeper's Story

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Virtue worked as Head Keeper at a number of zoos. In this book, compared by some to the work of James Heriot, he draws on his rich experience to write affectionately of his life among animals. An engaging memoir...leaves the reader in a state of contentment."" - Publishers Weekly. ""A lively memoir which will appeal to all who enjoy true animal stories."" - Church Times.

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Virtue, who has given up zookeeping to become a novelist, here offers an engaging memoir about his experiences among animals. He relates that at age 20 he left his native New Zealand for London and the Regent's Park Zoo, where he took formal training in animal management. Assigned to the aviary, he found a special interest in storks and cranes and played "Mum" to ostrich chicks. After an interval back in New Zealand, he returned to England to work at two small zoos before becoming head keeper at the Welsh Mountain Zoo at Colwyn Bay. There he had the opportunity to care for a wide variety of birds and mammals: Annabelle, an orphaned goat; Abdul, a tame eagle who often refused to perform; Pwtyn, an Indian elephant who needed a companion. One of Virtue's most touching tales is of the introduction of Melys, a baby Indian elephant, to Pwtyn. This is a book that leaves the reader in a state of contentment. Photos.
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